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Book review: The Bat Tattoo, by Russell Hoban

This is one of Hoban's gentler fictions, with a happy ending. It has three narrators who speak in turn: Sarah Varley, Roswell Clark, and Adelbert Delarue. Roswell and Sarah are both wounded people: Roswell drove while drunk and the resulting accident killed his wife, while Sarah was married to an unsatisfactory man who is also dead. Both Roswell and Sarah decide to have bats tattooed on their arms as emblems of good luck. Much of the novel is concerned with how their lives come to intertwine, each finding something in the other that had been missing for them up to now. Quite a lot of the story is told in flashback. [More]

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