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Shut Down Strangers and Hot Rod Angels (Anthology) - Review

Tuesday, February 25, 2020


This book is an anthology of words inspired by the work of Bruce Springsteen. There's poems, fiction, and memoir and life writing. You may not know but I'm a big Springsteen fan and have used his music as inspiration in my own work. I even wrote a zine about Bruce, which you can buy here on Etsy. I wish I had seen the call out for this anthology because I would have definitely submitted sometihng. I was raised on Bruce's music - my parents both liked him. Listening to him now reminds me of my dad, who we lost tragically nearly twelve years ago. It reminds me of going on holiday and sunshine and wide open motorways with Bruce playing loudly on the car stereo. So when I saw this anthology on Twitter, I ordered it immediately. And then picked it up as soon as it arrived because I wanted to read other fans' thoughts and feelings and stories.

As with all anthologies, there's some pieces I connected to a lot more than others. I especially liked the life writing, where people wrote about their own lives and experiences. I really liked the pieces set in New Jersey seaside towns with delapidated boardwalks and faded glamour. I think this is a really accomplished collection of works, and I'm really happy to have read it. I'm giving it four out of five, and I love love love the cover!

Shut Down Strangers & Hot Rod Angels is available to buy here. I am just sharing this link, it's not an affiliate link or anthing!

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