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[The Roof Rat Review.]

Lydia Kiesling. The Golden State. MCD, 2018. One possible structuralist diagram of the novel would plot an observation function against an invention function. This book is very strong on observation, and draws from its topics (economic precarity, female labor) an urgency that is fiction's particular province, and saves it from becoming another "Sebaldian" book of quasi-journalism.

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