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By Lionel Shriver

Acclaimed writer Lionel Shriver—author of the nationwide publication Award finalist So a lot for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the shiny mental novel we have to speak about Kevin, now an incredible movement picture—probes the secret of air of mystery in a razor-sharp new novel that teases out the intimate dating among terrorism and cults of character, explores what makes yes humans so magnetic, and divulges the deep frustrations of feeling overshadowed by way of a life-of-the-party who won't also be present.

“Shriver is a grasp of the misanthrope. . . . [A] viciously clever writer.” —Time

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