The pick of this month’s fic­tion

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The Devil and Web­ster Jean Hanff Kore­litz Faber, April 14

Kore­litz’s lat­est novel tack­les the febrile sea of ac­tivism and opin­ion of con­tem­po­rary US col­lege cam­pus life. Naomi Roth is the first fe­male president of an elite New Eng­land col­lege and when a pop­u­lar pro­fes­sor is de­nied ten­ure, ac­cu­sa­tions of racism and protests abound.

The Shape of Bones Daniel Galera Hamish Hamil­ton, April 6

This com­ing of age story finds a man pre­par­ing to climb a moun­tain but, in­stead, he is drawn back to the slums of Porto Ale­gre in south­ern Brazil where he grew up, sur­vival gear still in tow. Galera is a young Brazil­ian nov­el­ist and trans­la­tor with a grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion.

A Lit­tle More Hu­man Fiona Maazel Gray­wolf, April 4

Nurs­ing as­sis­tant Phil Sny­der has an un­usual pas­time: on week­ends he dresses up as su­per­hero Brain­storm and reads minds at chil­dren’s par­ties. Maazel’s end­lessly twist­ing plot blends com­edy, satire, sci­ence fic­tion, and a lit­er­ary who­dun­nit. Enor­mous fun.

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