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Ottessa Moshfegh
Knife Fight and Other Struggles
David Nickle
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
Andrew Solomon
The Good Lord Bird
James McBride
Ancillary Justice
Ann Leckie
Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More (New Edition)
Derek Bok
Dissident Gardens
Jonathan Lethem
Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s
Kim Newman
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
James Gleick
Complete Novels
Dashiell Hammett, Steven Marcus
The Glister: A Novel - John Burnside Over the course of the first half, this felt a bit too familiar, and I kept comparing it to Glen Hirshberg's very fine The Snowman's Children--where the dread of the serial-killer plot served as mere mechanism for conveying something opaque, shadowy, oblique about the dread we feel as children, adulthood's darkness looming. Burnside tells the story via different points of view, which diffuses that dread into a more existential, Twin-Peaksy focus on a community marked by evil; the least effective voice was, alas, also most central...

...but at the half-way mark there's a scene of dark violence which gave the book (or just me) a jolt, and the book thereafter exploited the lingering after-effects of that adrenaline, heightening the surreal, paranoid feel.