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It's worth repeating: Sometimes the most deeply flawed books are the most interesting. A corollary: Sometimes the most deeply flawed books are the most readable.

Both of these statements hold true for Ed Tarkington's debut novel, Only Love Can Break Your Heart , a lush mystery-within-a-coming-of-age-tale-within-a-Southern-Gothic. If a book could have an Instagram filter, Tarkington's would be set on something called "Nostalgic." His young narrator Rocky Askew is our guide to the southern Virginia of the 1970s and 1980s, and it's fitting that he cannot see it whole. As the story begins, he is 8 years old and completely in thrall to his teenage brother Paul — who is about to do something that will set the darkest forces in his family and community in motion.

The flaw that runs deep here might be called "too muchness." From the frequent references to music in the first section (the title, just in case you missed it, comes from Neil Young; other mentions include Pink Floyd and The Doobie Brothers) to the frequent mishaps (an accidental shooting, a forest abandonment, a hayloft sex scene and that's just the tip of the iceberg), on to the frequent use of stock characters (The Bigot, The False Prophet, The Dupe, The Temptress and so forth), there's so much going on that sometimes a reader won't know where to look or why.

It's worth repeating: Sometimes the most deeply flawed books are the most interesting. A corollary: Sometimes the most deeply flawed books are the most readable.

Both of these statements hold true for Ed Tarkington's debut novel, Only Love Can Break Your Heart , a lush mystery-within-a-coming-of-age-tale-within-a-Southern-Gothic. If a book could have an Instagram filter, Tarkington's would be set on something called "Nostalgic." His young narrator Rocky Askew is our guide to the southern Virginia of the 1970s and 1980s, and it's fitting that he cannot see it whole. As the story begins, he is 8 years old and completely in thrall to his teenage brother Paul — who is about to do something that will set the darkest forces in his family and community in motion.

The flaw that runs deep here might be called "too muchness." From the frequent references to music in the first section (the title, just in case you missed it, comes from Neil Young; other mentions include Pink Floyd and The Doobie Brothers) to the frequent mishaps (an accidental shooting, a forest abandonment, a hayloft sex scene and that's just the tip of the iceberg), on to the frequent use of stock characters (The Bigot, The False Prophet, The Dupe, The Temptress and so forth), there's so much going on that sometimes a reader won't know where to look or why.

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25.09.2008  · Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Saint Etienne. This was the band's first single and is a cover of a Neil Young track.

" Only Love Can Break Your Heart" Single by Neil Young and Crazy Horse; from the album After the Gold Rush; B-side "Birds" Released: September 19, …


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