Joan Didion
Book review: 'The Breaking of Eggs' by Jim Powell
Book review: 'The Breaking of Eggs' by Jim Powell

The Breaking of Eggs A Novel Jim Powell Penguin: 342 pp., $15 paper In his debut novel, "The Breaking of Eggs," British writer Jim Powell surveys an impressive breadth of time — and trains his focus on a small slice. The book's historical scope encompasses Poland at the turn of the 20th century and Columbus, Ohio, in the early 1990s. The story is framed, however, by a fraction of that distance, beginning New Year's Day 1991, in a Paris apartment and concluding on Dec. 31 of that same year, in the same apartment. The settings — past and present — come together through Feliks, the novel's grudging hero, who unwittingly explores the perils of...