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To Have Written a Book
What happens when the writer revisits the scene of a crime from a previous novel, a childhood murder dire with class conflict and dispassion for the disadvantaged? What happens when a boy with money runs into a boy without money runs into a boy with an impediment and all three run together into a nanny with enumerated rules for play? What happens looking back when an old man, a young wife, and a ladder-climbing forensic psychiatrist mingle in triangle? In the hands of Gordon Lish, such a book rivets as the terms tighten. It happens in a sandbox. It happens in Woodmere. Think contemporary master achieving feats with the art of story and the language traveled in our passage to ourselves.