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Wit's End

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Wit's End

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Karen Joy Fowler
publisher:
Putnam
genre:
Nonfiction, Fiction

We gave it a B

Mourning her dead father, Rima Lanisell heads to the cliffside Santa Cruz, Calif., home of her godmother, mystery writer Addison Early. What starts as a straightforward quest — Rima wants to hear about Addison’s relationship with her dad — evolves into a brainteaser that asks you to draw connections between blogs, cults, dachshunds, and the theft of a doll. ”Never title a book as if you were playing straight man to the reviewers,” Addison reflects in a typically sly metafictional joke. Reading Wit’s End, you may find yourself resisting Karen Joy Fowler’s high-concept literary games, but relishing the tart prose that made The Jane Austen Book Club such a treat. B