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October 27, 2019

"A Small Indiscretion" — Jan Ellison


This debut novel is excellent.

It's a quietly compelling, meandering — in a good way — recollection by Annie Black of her decisions and the events that resulted.

More and more, contemporary fiction is abandoning the old-school approach of taking a story from point A and then moving along toward the future in favor of a cubist-like shattering of linear time, moving back and forth, often without any indication to the reader in terms of page breaks or new chapters.

I first became aware of this new wave when I began reading Susan Choi's superb books, which over the years have become more and more temporally fluid such that I was pretty much lost in time during my engagement with her latest novel, this year's superb "Trust Exercise."

October 27, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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