BOOKS: Divorce Trial

Yet another obsessive tale of getting shucked goes sour

A truth for our times is that some enraged genius is out there at this very moment, bloodying the keys of a word processor and hacking out the Moby Dick of divorce novels. But if only 50% of U.S. marriages end in divorce, why does it seem that 75% of new novels obsess on this deadly subject? Theodore Weesner is the latest good writer to prove that maundering in print about the nasty process of getting shucked is less likely to be entertaining than novelizing about salmonella.

The hero of his umbrous novel Novemberfest (Knopf; 386 pages; $24) is Glen Cady,...

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