All Flesh is Grass – Clifford D. Simak

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An invisible alien barrier suddenly encloses a small town.

In re-reading this, I discovered what I’d forgotten – what a consummate literary writer Simak could be. This story, while it’s about an invisible barrier and the aliens that create it, is a classic exploration of small-town America. Extremely readable, with likeable characters that consider problems the way you and I might. The language and story aren’t zippy action sequences, but flowing prose about real people. This story reminds me of Jack Finney, a rough contemporary of Simak’s.

Definitely worth reading if you like intelligent writing.

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