Jennifer Egan: The Candy House (2022, Scribner) 4 stars

The Candy House opens with the staggeringly brilliant Bix Bouton, whose company, Mandala, is so …

good writing can save a lot

4 stars

A wild collection of short stories rubbing shoulders with each other and The Goon Squad (which I barely remember, but enjoyed) in a near sci-fi future. Tightrope between failing to cohere, falling from believability or originality, and engrossing oddities of character after character, I liked too many of these to complain.