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Lowboy by John Wray
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Jun 01, 09

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Like Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude), John Wray has a keen eye for the myriad, and often insidious, ways that our quick-cut culture negates the individual. In Lowboy, a narrative spanning less than a day, the author unblinkingly portrays the devastating effect of mental illness on one young man's life; in the process, Wray offers an astute critique of a world where social networking implies, more often than not, anything but. As the New York Times points out, "It's impossible to predict what will capture the fancy of whatever remains of the reading public." Any reading public that cares to discover a bit about itself and to read a fine, touching, and uncomfortably real story will be drawn to Lowboy, despite some complaints of stock characters and conventional plotting. John Wray's literary star is the on the rise.

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

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