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Review: 'A Cure for Suicide' by Jesse Ball

Review: 'A Cure for Suicide' by Jesse Ball

"I hate the mysterious because it's the perfect medium for liars," the novelist Norman Rush once wrote, "the place they go to multiply and preen and lie to each other. Liars are the enemy. They transcend class, sex, and nation. They make everything impossible." The most serious test for any work of narrative art that chooses to trade in the mysterious is set by this observation. If you're going to withhold from your audience — tease them with strangeness, secrecy — you have to play fair or you'll fail. Think of the show "Lost" — years of random mysteries tossed into the air with nobody there to catch them when they finally...

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