Nathanael West
Book review: 'Three Delays' by Charlie Smith
Book review: 'Three Delays' by Charlie Smith

Three Delays A Novel Charlie Smith Harper paper Perennial: 368 pp., $14.99 Billy and Alice are a tripped-out Scott and Zelda, a Jane Austen romance via Hunter S. Thompson, a Romeo and Juliet on the burned-out edge of the baby boom. Billy has no doubts about their shared eternal love, but although Alice is mostly on board, she's got a tendency to marry other men. Billy maintains his insistence that they're meant to be together; believe him and their love is destiny — lose faith and it looks like delusion. The book soars and scuffles according to the logic of its language rather than plot; it's a quietly masterful work by Charlie Smith, an award-winning poet and...