Friday, November 19, 2021

Sounds good …

The idyllic hamlet of Sweet Haven; populated by ex-military men, caring women, and their children; affects the protagonist and the reader like the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Christmas Present combined. Klavan, being one of the best living American novelists as well as a classicist (he has a book on the Romantic poets coming out next year), knows what the Dickens he’s doing. He makes the town’s insular traditionalism more than a theme, in fact a crucial plot point, full of clues. He also drives three parallel narratives to a thrilling divergence.

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