Giving good gimmick

By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  June 8, 2009

Another reason to buy this issue is the excerpt from Paul Auster's forthcoming novel, Invisible (to be published in November). I have recently had the intense pleasure of reading this novel in galleys and it's among Auster's best — headlong, sexy, funny with a real villain and the most memorable ending in all his fiction. Howe, Lahiri/Gallant, and Auster alone are well worth the $16.99 Granta cover price.

I don't want to stint the other fictioneers in this issue, but it seems wrong to review single stories. I can say this: the range is broad enough so that most readers will be introduced to at least one writer whose work they will want to follow. In my case, it is the fiction of William Pierce whom I have known as Agni's Senior Editor. His story "American Subsidiary" deals with an American working for a German company. If, as Calvin Coolidge once famously said, "The chief business of the American people is business," Pierce caused me to think of how little recent American fiction I have read that has anything to do with the nation's national preoccupation. When his novel A Man of Restraint appears I will buy a copy to see what Pierce is up to.

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