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Had a Good Time: Stories from American Postcards
by Robert Olen Butler

In Had a Good Time: Stories from American Postcards, Robert Olen Butler, a collector of vintage postcards, has paired together those postcards with a short story to accompany each one. Each story's inspiration comes from the short note jotted on the back of the card. These feature characters dealing with the distance caused by their separation or coping with a new facet of their life. The mingling of the two re-creates a bygone era in an attempt to show the universality of the human condition. Had a Good Time has received mixed reviews with the Miami Herald saying, "After reading Had a Good Time and delighting in the old-fashioned postcards and Butler's impressive imagination, we might be tempted to write our own message: Having a ball. Wish you were here."
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