The Washington Story In his sequel to 2004's Crossing California , Adam Langer again weaves a dense tale (it has a glossary!) about a group of friends and… The Washington Story In his sequel to 2004's Crossing California , Adam Langer again weaves a dense tale (it has a glossary!) about a group of friends and… 2005-08-18 Fiction Riverhead
Book Review

The Washington Story (2005)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Aug 18, 2005; Writer: Adam Langer; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Riverhead

In his sequel to 2004's Crossing California, Adam Langer again weaves a dense tale (it has a glossary!) about a group of friends and their respective families in '80s-era Chicago in The Washington Story. Film buff Muley and best friend Jill are literally growing apart as their high school years wind down and college beckons. While the story has some sweet, cinema-ready moments (Muley builds an igloo for a heart-to-heart with Jill), it's a tad too crammed with details. Langer's ambition and skill at creating a whole world are admirable. But it feels a bit much for something that reads like an epic Dawson's Creek episode.

Originally posted Aug 12, 2005 Published in issue #834-835 Aug 19, 2005 Order article reprints
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