After last week's coup, in which our subject
raved about the novel I assigned (Heidi Julavits's The Vanishers, one of
my favorite books in recent memory), I erred once again. Because I'd been
seeing its Etsy-ish cover everywhere and heard generally good things, I decided
to assign Birds of a Lesser Paradise by Megan Bergman.
Six weeks into the Book Rat Project — a sustained experiment in which a book critic (me) attempts to act as a human algorithm for a willing subject (my Phoenix colleague Will Delman) — I finally found something the subject liked. Loved, even: Heidi Julavits's The Vanishers. I'm not at all surprised, because a) she's amazing b) this book was amazing.