July 4, 2009

How It Ended
Jay McInerney

Time Will Tell -- This U.S. edition expands upon the British edition of Jay McInerney's short stories under the same title from a few years ago and includes several gems -- and perhaps one masterpiece of the form. I've noted before that authenticity, innovation and influence are three hallmarks of great writing. In "The Madonna of Turkey Season," McInerney authentically depicts the bittersweet blend of rivalry and love that binds brothers and employs an inventive, engaging point of view to tell their story. It's deftly done; time will tell whether it carries the heft and influence of a master work.


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