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March 23, 2005

Victory Laps Around the Breakfast Table?

by Ron Hogan

Emma Garman (Mediabistro) read the new novels by Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss back to back and now she wonders if they're trying to play some kind of "cute postmodern joke" on readers. "One can only speculate as to what the couple was thinking when they made the decision--for this is no unwitting coincidence," she claims, "to come out with sophomore novels obviously collaborative, so numerous are the similarities." Garman goes on to add that the "literary power-couple's" tactics (if that's what they were) may have backfired to some extent, because Krauss wrote a "masterpiece" and Foer, well, didn't. She says, anyway; I haven't read both books yet, so I dunno.

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