The heart of this surprisingly funny novel is a Midwestern Jewish family fracturing under the weight of neurosis and obsession. Its genius is author Jami Attenberg’s deep compassion for her subjects. Great for book clubs -- and everybody else.
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December 6: "I watched him plant a weeping willow in the backyard. It seemed to symbolize his sorrow for the direction our country had taken."
Novelist Wiley Cash uncovers the notebook of his seventh-grade self: "Halloween Hallow," Die Hard, and an apprentice writer's first work of suspense.
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