Office. If one reason you read fiction is to take your mind away from work and your workplace, don’t read J. Bradford Hipps’ debut novel, The Adventurist. Protagonist Henry Hurt is an alienated and lonely software engineer prone to great introspection as he grieves the death of his mother. Hipps’ prose is carefully constructed, and his word choices exquisite. There’s psychological insight on these pages, as we get to look beneath an outer monotonous life to see an active and vibrant inner life. Readers who enjoy literary fiction are those most likely to enjoy reading this novel.
Rating: Three-star (It’s ok)
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