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Patrick Flanery – Fallen Land

Getting it together in the suburbs seems to be a peculiarly middle class rite of passage – the moment when city living is no longer tenable and a migration in pursuit of wider spaces, cleaner living and better schools is required. Such considerations are behind the decision taken by Nathaniel and Julia Noailles, who with their young, Aspergersy son Copley exchange their life in Boston for a more spacious existence in Dolores Woods, a large development on the outskirts of an un-named Midwestern city, in Patrick Flanery’s tremendous new novel, Fallen Land.

Calexico – the scorched earth

Calexico’s new album, Algiers, is reviewed in the current issue of Uncut (October 2012, Take 185) – so we thought we’d take a trip back to April 2003 (Take 71), when Uncut’s John Mulvey flew out to Tucson, Arizona to discover more about the duo’s redrawing of the map. __________________________

‘Queen of Country’ Kitty Wells dies at 92

Country music singer Kitty Wells has died at the age of 92. The singer, known as "The Queen of Country", passed away at her home in Nashville earlier today (July 16) following complications from a stroke. Born in 1919, Wells began singing as a child and as a teenager performed with her sisters before going on to accompany her husband Johnnie Wright, who passed away last year. In 1949, Wells signed her own record deal with RCA but was dropped a year later.

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