Oh man, the term “e-pistolary” rubs me the wrong way. Despite Ron Charles not-so-great idea (which he even acknowledges) to write this review in the form of a letter to the author, this books doesn’t sound half bad. Done well, epistolary novels can do a great job of character building in fun ways, and this seems to be fun at the very least. Add it to my maybe pile.
Along with 99% of the people who at one point in their life think getting an MFA is a good idea, I love Saunders’s stories. Our buddy Dave down in Texas is pretty high on the Syracuse professor’s latest, and his reviews are always astute so give it a look. I believe Nico’s giving this book a go currently too, so look for a C4 review sometime soon.