Few novels are so crammed with invention. Yet the interlocking richness of her ideas does not derail your reading.
Alex Calder teaches New Zealand and American literature at the University of Auckland. His most recent books are The Settler’s Plot (Auckland University Press, 2011) and an edition of Alexander Aitken’s war memoir, From Gallipoli to the Somme (Auckland University Press, 2017). He is currently writing a history of taboo.