By Sara Vilkomerson
March 02, 2011 at 05:00 AM EST

The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim

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These days you can reach out to people through e-mail, text, Twitter, or Facebook — but what happens when it’s precisely these methods of communication that lead to further isolation? Max Sim has always been a solitary man, but since his wife left him, he’s been more adrift in the world than ever. The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim, Coe’s ninth novel cleverly plays with the reclusive-in-plain-sight notion and pokes gentle fun at our society’s love affair with modern gadgetry (Max develops an unhealthy relationship with the woman’s voice on his car’s GPS). It is a compelling, poignant read but occasionally flounders under the weight of too many untidy subplots. B

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