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Prospect summer recommends: The Unnamed

By Julie Myerson  

Joshua Ferris's second novel

 

Joshua Ferris's second novel

The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris (Viking, £12.99)

Joshua Ferris’s second novel The Unnamed is a book I wish I’d written. He takes an apparently outlandish idea—a mysterious, undiagnosable physical and/or mental condition—and makes us believe in it, care about it, fear it. The story which unfolds is as cruel, dark and daring as it is filled with compassion and insight. It’s a meditation on the frailty of human minds and bodies and, like all the most satisfying novels, it is also ultimately about love, family and…

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