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Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
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The tone is amused, but Halliday has an unspoken and impassioned thesis: yes, it's possible to write convincingly from the point of view of someone who's unlike you in nearly every way. Twitter says you can't? "Hold my beer," says Halliday. And she r ...more
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Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Manhattan Beach
by Jennifer Egan (Goodreads Author)
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There are many pleasures here: the World War II setting, the old-timey Brooklyn stuff, the sex scene and all the ocean scenes, the restraint around detailing Dexter Styles's crimes, the occasional glittering perfect metaphor. There are also a LOT of ...more
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Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
"I loved but couldn't really keep up with Jennifer Egan's last novel, Visit From the Goon Squad, mostly because my short-term memory is so bad that I missed most of the macro-connections between the interwoven stories. Thankfully, because my mental..." Read more of this review »
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Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe
Man at the Helm
by Nina Stibbe (Goodreads Author)
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It's no Love, Nina, which I'm constantly rereading, but it's dry and unsentimental and funny in a very Stibbean way.
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At Freddie's by Penelope Fitzgerald
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When I read Penelope Fitzgerald, I think, "How is she doing this???" From a craft point of view, I cannot understand how she stuffs so much meaning and intelligence into her tiny little novels. This book is particularly irresistible to me because of ...more
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At Freddie's by Penelope Fitzgerald
"This is an absolutely brilliant book. You really have to read it twice through, because the voice is so cagy, and the story so subtle that, first time through, you (or I, at any rate) missed what appears to be on the margins, but in fact is at the..." Read more of this review »
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At Freddie's by Penelope Fitzgerald
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When I read Penelope Fitzgerald, I think, "How is she doing this???" From a craft point of view, I cannot understand how she stuffs so much meaning and intelligence into her tiny little novels. This book is particularly irresistible to me because of ...more
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Capital by John Lanchester
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Lanchester follows a large cast of diverse characters, all of whom have some connection to one posh street in London. There's an old lady, a soccer player, an anonymous art star, a deli owner, a finance guy, and more; there's a death, a harassment ca ...more
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Transcription by Kate Atkinson
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I do appreciate that this is less a spy novel and more a meditation on the roles we all play and the impossibility of ever truly knowing another person. I also appreciate how effectively Atkinson gave me the creeps and made me mistrust every characte ...more
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