13 ways of looking

13Colum McCann‘s “superbly crafted” novella Thirteen Ways of Looking is a “deeply moving” work of  fiction (Kirkus Reviews).  The story’s protagonist is an aging judge. He has just had dinner with his disappointing son when he’s assaulted on the street, just beyond the range of omnipresent surveillance cameras.   His memories and observations alternate with video images that police examine and reexamine to identify his assailant. Human and technical perspectives are captured in “spare, suggestive prose.”  “Insights into aging, the justice system, and dislocation widen the story’s scope; details of how things work keep it real. And that’s just the first story in this collection.  McCann is “a master with a poet’s ear, a psychologist’s understanding, and a humanitarian’s conscience.” An MVSB Book of the Month.

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