Jonathan Lethem’s ‘Lucky Alan’ | The Miami Herald The Miami Herald

February 20, 2015 6:27 PM

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Jonathan Lethem’s ‘Lucky Alan’ | The Miami Herald The Miami Herald

The nine stories in Jonathan Lethem’s new collection reaffirm his balletic elasticity with language. Lethem’s words execute graceful turns and explosive leaps to whatever tempo he sets. At times, the narrative fails to match the choreography. Promising scenarios are resolved anticlimactically.

Do not be discouraged, though. Rewards await the reader who commits to this slim volume. While Lethem may not be “the king of sentences,” a sobriquet he affixes to one of his characters, Lucky Alan is a beguiling addition to a shelf full of uniquely inventive books by a master of genres with a legit...

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