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Rafael Ygelesias' 'Wisdom of Perversity' works its way under the skin
Rafael Ygelesias' 'Wisdom of Perversity' works its way under the skin

Partway through Rafael Yglesias' 10th novel, "The Wisdom of Perversity," a screenwriter named Brian Moran chides himself, "Don't be a hack writer. … Not everyone is a fragile flower like you." The occasion is his first meeting after many years with Julie Mark, who, like Brian, was molested as a child; both have grown up damaged, unable to love or be loved. There is a third victim also, Julie's cousin and Brian's childhood best friend, Jeff, now an A-list film director. The three have been brought back together by allegations about their molester, Richard Klein, and his former protege, Sam Rydel, who are embroiled in an abuse scandal...

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