Picks and Pans Review: Great Fiction
FINN by Jon Clinch: Riffing on the Twain classic, Clinch recasts Huckleberry Finn's scary dad as a former slave. Purists may miss Twain's distinctive Huck-speak—"I could never hope to compete," Clinch says—but Finn is a fascinating, original read.
THE DOUBLE BIND by Chris Bohjalian: The Midwives author's latest features a homeless photographer with a secret, a social worker trying to uncover it and the descendants of Gatsby's Tom and Daisy come to life. Improbable, but un-put-downable.
THEN WE CAME TO THE END by Joshua Ferris: Assigned impossible, inane tasks, employees go their own idiosyncratic sort of crazy in this black comedy about fin de siècle shenanigans in a Chicago ad agency. Call it The Office: Hardcover Edition.