Fakers. Adam Langer’s new novel, The Thieves of Manhattan, had me laughing once I caught onto his clever devices. His topic is literary fakery, and he develops his plot with the swap of a memoir for a novel between two characters. Peppered throughout the short book are references to literary figures with signature characteristics, which Langer describes in a glossary. In other words, instead of using their proper names, Langer selects a defining characteristic of a writer and uses their name as a part of speech. Readers who enjoy clever wit and who are likely to understand his references will really enjoy this novel. Consider savoring it with a glass of faulkner, or even two fitgeralds.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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