Hystopia

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hystopia“Hystopia” by David Means is the most impressive novel published this year that I have read so far. If you liked Ben Fountain’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” please read this book. Means appears to be the inspired result of Fountain, Pynchon, DFW, Lethem and DeLillo somehow getting together and having a brilliant baby.

Although on the surface a Vietnam War story, this is really a novel about the power of narrative. It explores the fascinating world of how storytelling combines with experience and memory to create identity.

Nicole Charbonnet

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