"Seamless, sophisticated, and compelling: fiction that wears its learning lightly, makes 'gender' become again something fascinating, and weaves out of words a richer dish by far than another old 'story' might ever be."
Klein (Cigarettes Are Sublime
, 1993; Eat Fat
, 1996) adds to the recent spate of novels without events (or with mighty few). And he does so brilliantly, in a book riveting to anybody interested in sex, celebrities, monarchies, gossip, history—or jewelry.
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