Three First Novels that Just Might Last

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THE BOOK THE SETUP WHY IT'S GOOD FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE ... THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE By David Wroblewski Hamlet, basically, but set in rural Wisconsin and starring a mute boy who breeds dogs It's a big-hearted piece of old-school storytelling that feels short at 566 pages A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. And who love--or tolerate--dogs PERSONAL DAYS By Ed Park Some office drones work at a moribund company. That's really all Park needs Never have the minutiae of office life...

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