"The formula of shock treatment followed by sentimental affirmation was fresher in Homes' Music for Torching (1999) and This Book Will Save Your Life (2006), and it's hard to take seriously social commentary grounded in such bizarre particulars."
After a grim foray into memoir, Homes (The Mistress's Daughter
, 2007, etc.) returns to fiction with the tale of a beleaguered history professor.
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