THE FOLDED CLOCK: A DIARY

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HEIDI JULAVITS (BLOOMSBURY, $32.99)

Heidi Julavits was dis­mayed to dis­cover “the mind of a para­noid tax au­di­tor” when she re-read her teenage diary. So, for a cou­ple of years, she de­cided to di­arise again. The re­sult is an in­trigu­ing in­sight into a life that’s bared with ad­mirable hon­esty, wit, re­flec­tion, a lit­tle self-flag­el­la­tion and a whole lot of chutz­pah. Anx­i­ety, age­ing, mad­ness un­der Man­hat­tan bridges, fam­ily se­crets – they’re all tack­led with a bold­ness and can­dour that shows Julavits and those in her life in a light that’s al­ways sym­pa­thetic, but not al­ways flat­ter­ing. An ac­claimed nov­el­ist, short-story writer and Columbia Uni­ver­sity teacher, Julavits is fierce, fun, flawed and fas­ci­nat­ing. The Folded Clock is al­most epis­to­lary in na­ture, as Julavits seems to write to re­veal her­self to her­self, bring­ing us along for an ab­sorb­ing ride.

JULIE COOK

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