Two works of art and beauty

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On one level this is a night­mar­ish page-turner; but it’s also a dis­ori­en­tat­ing odyssey through US his­tory and a les­son in what hap­pens when art is hi­jacked for less than no­ble aims. Two white boys, one a nerdish out­sider, one very rich, bond over their in­fat­u­a­tion with black mu­sic: “More in­tense and au­then­tic than any­thing made by white peo­ple.” Avail­able from Ex­clu­sive Books in pa­per­back for R302, pub­lished by Pen­guin Books In Strout’s com­pan­ion piece to My Name Is Lucy Bar­ton (2016), there’s no sin­gle pre­sid­ing “I”. In­stead, we find a se­ries of in­ter­con­nected sto­ries about some of those met in the ear­lier book: Lucy Bar­ton’s un­happy brother; her dis­con­tented sis­ter; her bro­ken father; their ac­quain­tances in ru­ral Illi­nois — deep in Trump Coun­try. The words ap­pear on the page as if breathed there. Avail­able from Ex­clu­sive Books in hard­back for R302, pub­lished by Pen­guin Books — © The Daily Tele­graph

ANY­THING IS POS­SI­BLE El­iz­a­beth Strout

WHITE TEARS Hari Kun­zru

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