Stephan Lee
June 28, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Measures Between Us

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Ethan Hauser
publisher
Bloomsbury
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Bad weather as a manifestation of emotional turmoil is an old literary trick. But in his debut novel, The Measures Between Us, New York Times editor Hauser relies on beautiful prose and sensitive characterization instead of easy gimmicks. Although a Sandy-like storm threatens the East Coast, the conflicts among an ensemble of Boston-area suburbanites — a young woman newly released from a psychiatric hospital, a therapist who’s cheating on his beloved wife, and a single father raising an autistic son — prove more dramatic than any meteorological havoc. A-

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