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'A Week in December: A Novel' by Sebastian Faulks
'A Week in December: A Novel' by Sebastian Faulks

The English writer Sebastian Faulks is one of those curious novelists whose predilection for well-told stories and popularity with readers often have seemed impediments to serious regard. That's a bit unfair because, with its knowing nods to Trollope, Dickens and Tom Wolfe, "A Week in December" -- his ninth work of full-length fiction -- is a formally ambitious, intelligently entertaining, rather provocative novel of contemporary manners. Moreover, while the story is deeply rooted in today's London, if you tweaked a couple of the characters slightly and adjusted some of the social style for local nuance, the author's essential points could just as aptly apply to...

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