It’s some kind of miracle how Robert Coover manages to take Huck Finn’s hoary bones and tell a vital story with them. Even if you haven’t touched Mark Twain since school, this “Huck Finn sequel” will catch you right back up with its storytelling charm and verbal gymnastics, reviving Huck’s famous dialect and making it sound freshly revelatory. (I had to stop myself from gleefully reading the entire thing aloud in public.) It doesn’t end with the language: Coover has imagined further lives for all of Twain’s characters that are vivid and true. Huck’s disillusionment with the Civil War-era America that he’s run off to find resonates across the centuries, but through the melancholy, you’ll be smiling right alongside him.