In Gary Shteyngart’s wildly and plausibly imagined future, everyone drinks alkalinized water, checks credit ratings on the public Credit Poles, and streams endless data on their own and everyone else’s health and hotness stats via apparati. The U.S. is controlled by the Bipartisan Party and the American Restoration Authority demands compliance with and denial of its existence. Some things haven’t changed, however. A grown man still feels like he’s twelve when he enters his parents’ house, and love is still hard. The SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY (Random House, $26) is the bittersweet match between aging Lenny Abramov, an Indefinite Life Extension specialist with Post-Human Services, and young, lovely Eunice Park. But social unrest, fueled by income disparity, also hasn’t changed, and the romance plays out against a revolution. Shteyngart’s third novel offers electrifying social satire, wit and sass aplenty.

 

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The four voices that shape Julia Glass’s novel represent various pockets of modern American culture: Percy, a near octogenarian former librarian, and the widower of the title; Robert, his idealistic twenty-yearold grandson; Ira, a gay early-childhood teacher; and Celestino, an immigrant living and working illegally in the United States. Over the course of a year, their intersecting paths will have repercussions on each of their lives. Set against the backdrop of eco-terrorism, limousine liberals, and a longing for the past in the face of rapid change, THE WIDOWER’S TALE (Pantheon, $25.95) succeeds in illuminating the darkest corners of our hypocrisy and hopes, all with Glass’s characteristic tenderness and humor.

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Nicholson Baker’s zany new novel, The Anthologist (Simon & Schuster, $25), is a beguiling love story about poets that everyone who writes or reads lyrical verse will savor.  Narrator Paul Chowder, a published poet, struggles against his writer’s block to compose a preface to a poetry anthology. In the process, he obsesses over poetry and life with humor and pathos:  “Poetry is a controlled refinement of sobbing….The rhyming of rhymes is a powerful form of self-medication.…Rhyming is the avoidance of mental pain by addicting yourself to what will happen next.”  Chowder instructs his readers to write down and recite aloud every poem they encounter.  I found in my reading that I was so enchanted with some of Chowder’s aphorisms that I was writing those down as well.

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