THE LADY VANISHES
by Rivka Galchen
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
$24.00 List Price
An unprovable theory: Before everything, before finishing her first book, even, a writer makes a certain, unique sound. Perhaps this means that the writer hears a certain sound or is tuned to a certain pitch. That sound can’t be faked or changed; it may be that the difference between writers who fulfill their promise and writers who don’t is that, no matter what they do, those who do just can’t help themselves—they
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