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The World Without You: A Novel
The World Without You: A Novel
by Joshua Henkin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $25.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars psychologically acute, October 25, 2012
Henkin's novel depicts the bonds of family relations (and the forces that tug at them), vividly, honestly, and tenderly. And the way Henkin stages the intertwined stories adds to the emotional complexity. The novel mainly takes place over the course of a few days at a family gathering for a memorial service. But the nature of the event, both the fact of the memorial itself and the fact that it has brought together far-flung siblings, stirs up lots of memories. This is related via a narrative that regularly finds itself taking us back to earlier times and other places. Layer by layer, the back-stories are richly filled in, adding more and more emotional depth. I was very impressed with the smooth way Henkin managed these transitions. The tight focus on the several day gathering yields an emotional intensity, but one buttressed by a wider lens view of things.

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