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Wallcreeper by Nell Zink

Wallcreeper by Nell Zink

With his concerns apropos his 2010 novel Freedomand more specifically, in his essay “Why Bother?” in the collection How to Be Alone, Jonathan Franzen sought the return of the so-called social novel. It would seem that Nell Zink has taken up the call within a new genre, the environmental novel—or more accurately, the bird watching novel. Which novel, according to an interview with the author, she wrote to get Franzen’s attention. The strategy worked: Franzen, duly impressed, acted as her agent for awhile.

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