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Book Review: 'The Red Thread: A Novel' by Ann Hood
Book Review: 'The Red Thread: A Novel' by Ann Hood

The Red ThreadA NovelAnn HoodW. W. Norton: 304 pp., $23.95Destiny is tricky in fiction. In real life, destiny's best quality is clarity — the cleared path, the right decision, the way things are. So I'm told. But in fiction, destiny can seem forced, Hallmarky. The omniscient narrator looks forward and backward, weaving a clumsy pattern among seemingly disparate people and events. The trouble is, the omniscient narrator is only a false god, only an author. The real God has had a lot more practice moving pieces around the board. The real God is far more graceful, more subtle. So I'm told.Ann Hood finds a way to negotiate this dilemma. Her main character, Maya Lange, believes in...

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