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The Slippage Ben Greenman
Greenman's latest novel might seem at first to be a straight-up tale of suburban, married couple ennui, opening as it does with a bizarre backyard party during which one half of the hosting couple doesn't even make an appearance, but it diverges from any notion of what you think it might be and goes to a wholly unexpected and unsettling place. But back to that opening party, it's amazing how subtly Greenman manipulates what is a classic setting and gives the reader a sense of unease by incorporating a few off-putting details. That sense of unease—that lack of sure footing—continues throughout the book, giving everything an aura of the surreal, and making the reader feel like he or she is, in fact, slipping out of the familiar and into truly strange terrain. In other words, read this. Because if there's one time of year where you should allow yourself to feel unsettled, it's summer. Slipping in the summer is totally acceptable.