Review of “Dissident Gardens.”

dissidentgardensMy review of Jonathan Lethem’s newest novel, Dissident Gardens, is now available on the Journal-Star’s web site. I believe it was also in last Sunday’s paper. The short version of the short review:

Lethem, an author of nine novels, may be one of the best American sentence writers: his descriptions pop, and he finds endlessly creative ways of describing situations (Cicero, for example, “reinstated his professorial comportment with caffeine”). Beyond the writing, Lethem manages a compelling story in “Dissident Gardens,” as well, one particularly relevant in the shadow of the recent polarized government fights — even if the plot, at times, briefly wanders into clichĂ©.