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Lightning Rods by Helen DeWitt
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Mar 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: literary, tournament, niles-tournament
Read in March, 2012

I was torn between 3 and 4 stars for this book, but decided to be generous because there is a touch of genius here. As well as being inspired by the hilarious Springtime for Hitler, I read an interview where De Witt says she wrote it because she was fucked from behind by the publishing industry. If that's the case, she certainly found a creative use for her anger. I loved the Sinclair Lewis-like American success story De Witt satirized and the role of two smart women in turning a bizarre office sexual harassment policy to their great advantage.
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