Fantasies and flaws

New novels by Hugh Breakey, Kim Lock, and Sophie Overett
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September 2021, no. 435

Fantasies and flaws

New novels by Hugh Breakey, Kim Lock, and Sophie Overett
by
September 2021, no. 435

The Beautiful Fall by Hugh Breakey Text, $32.99 pb, 349 ppThe Beautiful Fall by Hugh Breakey

Text, $32.99 pb, 349 pp

By the end of Hugh Breakey’s The Beautiful Fall, it is hard to remember that the prologue hinted at stimulating possibilities. In it, Robbie’s past self writes to his present one, explaining that he suffers from recurring amnesia, which strikes every 179 days. Readers could be mistaken for thinking they are in for meditations on time and memory, maybe even on the meaning of a life lived episodically. When it is revealed that Robbie is building an intricate arrangement of 83,790 dominoes in his living room, readers might even imagine a novel that touches on metaphysical themes in the vein of Jorge Luis Borges.

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