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The Twenty Dollar Bill: 09/21/08
I first heard of The Twenty Dollar Bill by Elmore Hammes on Breeni Books back in February. Shortly after adding it to my wishlist, the author was kind enough to offer me a review copy.
The novel follows the two week travels of a twenty dollar bill from the time Claire gives her last twenty to a homeless man on her way to work. The bill changes hands forty-two times and even travels as far south as Mexico before coming full circle.
Although the twenty dollar bill is the main character, Hammes creates unique voices for all his characters. It is easy to forget that the story is about what twenty dollars can mean to a person and the ways in which a single bill can travel when the individual stories are so compelling, even the ones that only take a page or two.
Suffice it to say, I loved the book.