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A Gambler’s Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem

★☆☆☆☆ A story about an international high-stakes backgammon hustler should at least be exciting. Instead, Jonathan Lethem’s A Gambler’s Anatomy is a dud. Its hero, Alexander Bruno, is an indiscernible husk of machismo adrift...

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All That Man Is by David Szalay

★★★★☆ Composed of nine discrete sections, each running around forty pages in length, David Szalay’s All That Man Is (shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize) is a series of character snapshots about aging...

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Borders by Roy Jacobsen

★★★★★ Set in the Ardennes region of France, Belgium, and Luxembourg, Roy Jacobsen’s fine novel Borders (translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw) is a multi-layered saga of philosophical geopolitics and...

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Loner by Teddy Wayne

★★★★☆ Teddy Wayne’s third novel Loner is a brave and precise portrait of a tense, prevalent subject. As with the opioid epidemic, sexual assault is undoubtedly widespread yet is too often hushed behind closed...