The Week (US)

Double Blind

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by Edward St. Aubyn (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27) “This is a hard book to summarize,” said Dwight Garner in The New York Times. Edward St. Aubyn, the brilliant author of the Patrick Melrose novels, packs ideas around the story of a friendship between Olivia, a biologist, and Lucy, a science entreprene­ur. Brainmappi­ng, the ethics of placebos, love, and illness all figure in, though, and the cast of memorable characters includes a Vatican emissary, Father Guido, who is “one of the great comic bit players in recent fiction.”

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