Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
Random House $37
A book about a late 20th century American family. With Big Issues, not Anne Tyler, not Kate Atkinson, more silhouettes of Emma Donoghue, and Donna Taart with incredible House Music inserts.
Haslett displays such tender detail when his characters can be at their most unlikable, and what I admire most is how he doesn’t skip over the hard bits.
It’s a long novel, big enough for all of them to grow up and grow old under their mantles of damage. I love this sort of thing. (The cover is cruelly bland).
Review by Marion Castree