Review: David Nicholls’ ‘Us’

October 31, 2014 4:50 PM

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Review: David Nicholls’ ‘Us’

David Nicholls’ engaging new novel is not the sort of serious, weighty fiction that often wins the Man Booker Prize, though it made the longlist for 2014. This year, that honor went to Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North, about a prisoner of war in Burma in World War II.

Us is about prisoners of a war in a more intimate skirmish: the domestic battleground. Like he did in his last novel One Day — I have not yet forgiven him for the weeping that ensued when I finished that book — Nicholls uses a potent blend of wit and pathos to highlight the best and worst in us and ...

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