A Map of Tulsa by Benjamin Lytal

A Map of TulsaThis is a coming of age story about an Oklahoma middle class kid who falls in love with an oil heiress who lives the wild life and aspires to art and music. After a summer affair ends, he carries the thought of her (like a totem that has some private meaning in his life) into his superficially successful NYC literary life. The story frays for me as Lytal sorts through the main character’s relation to the girl’s father, her corporate aunt, and her long time boyfriend/soulmate, and all the local kids who stayed behind in Tulsa. The dialog strives to be realistic and thus fails to hold together. Why do I want to hear what sloppy thinkers have to say?

Reviewed by Teresa

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