By Leah Greenblatt
Updated February 26, 2015 at 05:41 PM EST

Prudence

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Like an Ian McEwan novel, Prudence’s plot flares from a single misjudged moment—in this case, a trigger pulled one summer day in 1942 in northern Minnesota. Over the next decade, consequences radiate through the lives of several characters: Frankie, a sensitive schoolboy–turned–WWII bombardier; his far less privileged best friend, Billy; Felix, the Native American handyman who has been a de-facto father to them both; and Prudence, a quiet, furious enigma of a girl. Treuer writes beautifully about the dark corners of human nature, and the brief reprieves that come in even the most unhappy lives. He can’t (or won’t) give these unlucky souls many second chances, but he does make them come alive on the page. B+

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