THis week’s new fic­Tion

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Bar­bara King­solver Faber £20

Two fam­i­lies live on the same plot of New Jersey land, 150 years apart. Al­ter­nat­ing chap­ters fo­cus on the tra­vails of Re­con­struc­tion-era teacher Thatcher Green­wood and Trump-era jour­nal­ist Willa Knox. The last words of each chap­ter form the ti­tle of the next in a tem­po­ral daisy chain, but more con­crete links be­tween past and present emerge as the story pro­gresses, with themes rang­ing from pol­i­tics to re­cy­cling. This is a daz­zling novel; an ex­pan­sive, im­mer­sive and uplifting page-turner so burst­ing with ideas it’s hard to get the cov­ers shut.

Neil Arm­strong

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