I’m sure a lot of people are still digesting Issue 17, but we’re now publishing new in-between-issue reviews at The Quarterly Conversation. First up is Matthew Tiffany taking on Laird Hunt’s new novel, Ray of the Star:
Ray of the Star opens with two nods in the direction of French writer Georges Perec. The first, a quotation from his 1967 novel A Man Asleep, serves as entry to the story: Now you must learn how to last. A man named Harry has suffered the unexpected deaths of some people, likely family members, about whom he cares very much. The narrative jumps ahead an unspecified amount of time to Harry abandoning his home, his job, everything. He’s running away from everything with nowhere to go. Like the protagonist of A Man Asleep, this is a man realizing he no longer knows how to live . . .
Hunt, by the way, way one of the authors mentioned in conjunction with last week’s list of contemporary English-language authors to read.