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Wild Thing by Josh Bazell (Reagan Arthur Books, $25.99) Zone One by Colson Whitehead (Harvill Secker, £14.99)

It’s a truism that some of the world’s best chefs opt for simple fare when eating at home. Joël Robuchon likes plain spaghetti with cheese, London’s Matthew Foxon opts for eggs on toast, and international gastronome Jean-Georges Vongerichten craves roast chicken. Unfussy dishes, all, and no doubt exquisitely executed. So what is the reader’s equivalent of perfectly prepared comfort food?

Every so often, a book comes along to remind us. This time it’s a novel called Wild Thing by the American writer Josh…

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