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New Yorker Fiction Review: Experience

Innocence, specifically the departure from it, is the yarn that holds Tessa Hadley’s ‘Experience’ together, but I found myself more intrigued by the idea of self-renewal. Laura, a 28-year-old British woman, has been married for a half-dozen years but finds … Continue reading

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New Yorker Fiction Review: The Women

Cecilia Normanton, the 14-year-old protagonist in William Trevor’s “The Women,” can’t outrun the hollowness that isn’t hers. It’s her father’s, a deep cavity left in him by a failed marriage and the subsequent regret and disdain that accompanied his wife … Continue reading

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New Yorker Fiction Review: The Lost Order

By the time the mysterious man was done berating the narrator over the phone about his garlic chicken and side salad that would never be delivered, I felt like I had already missed the onramp to Rivka Galchen’s “The Lost … Continue reading

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The New Yorker Fiction Review: Breatharians (Oct. 22, 2012)

If you can move beyond the distasteful image of severed feline tails pinned and hardening on a bulletin board — and then beyond the unthinkable levels of delusion and detachment from common decency that are required for a parent to … Continue reading

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The New Yorker Fiction Review: The Semplica-Girl Diaries (Oct. 15, 2012)

The initial impression that swirled around in my gut, leaving an acidic burn deep in my chest, was that “The Semplica-Girl Diaries” was about murder, precisely the exceedingly abhorrent kind that involves children. As always when reading New Yorker fiction … Continue reading

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