Evoking both Barbara Kingsolver and Andrea Barrett, this enthralling fiction, wise and generous, explores some of the crucial social and cultural challenges that, over the years, have come to shape our world.
“What an awesome book.”—David Wain “Had Grace Paley spent her youth hanging out with Larry David, listening to the Ramones, and reading Stanley Elkin, she’d have probably written something like Treasure Island!!!" —Adam Levin, author of The Instructions
Everything Happens Today is funny, moving, generous and exhilarating. It will enchant young adults who see themselves in the story as well as adult readers who will be captured by the deeply sympathetic characters and the acute feel for the way we live now. Most readers will want it never to be over.
Collected from a popular Washington Post column of the same name, Second Readings is an incisive and entertaining look at the career and times of an esteemed critic and the venerable books that shaped him.