Man in the Dark

Man in the Dark

by Paul Auster

Arlene Almas: A short (180 pages), quirky novel, this is a story within a story - our protagonist, a book critic named August Brill, is imagining a narrative in which a magician named Owen Brick finds himself in a parallel world in which the United States is fighting a contemporary version of a civil war. The portions of the book involving August, his daughter, and his granddaughter let the reader share the family's experiences very movingly; the alternative history experienced by Brick and the people he meets in our country at war with itself is actually quite realistic. If you're up for something unusual, you may enjoy this imaginative book.

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