On Tuesday, my review of Madeleine Thien’s novel Certainty was published in the San Francisco Chronicle. Here’s the first paragraph (if you want to read more click the title of this post or the link under Recent Writing on the right):

With six narrators; four locations; different eras; varied political histories, from the Japanese occupation of Malaysia to the 1960s Jakarta overthrow; and characters with myriad careers, from medicine to documentary sound to code breaking, it’s amazing that Madeleine Thien’s ambitious novel, “Certainty,” achieves such graceful momentum. By gradually feeding us pieces of the story from assorted perspectives, Thien’s structure mimics the novel’s essential concerns about the nature and importance of memory and the possibility of truly knowing someone.

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