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Books: Book Review: Patricia Marx: Starting From Happy

Self-aware books walk a thin line between breaking the fourth wall in a way that refreshes a familiar story, and becoming too invasive. In Starting From Happy, the second novel from former Saturday Night Live writer and New Yorker staff writer Patricia Marx, the overly meta tendencies overshadow what might otherwise amount to a sharp skewering of domestic literature. Wally, a scientist of inscrutable intelligence, meets Imogene, a New York lingerie designer, at a party thrown by a mutual friend. Patty, the author inserted into the text, narrates the story of a long courtship and partnership, of the “he repeatedly ...

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