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Necessary Errors

"Being here is what you're doing, when you're here" - a young protagonist seeks to align himself with a place in transition

Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain (Penguin US, £10)

Travel is not what it used to be. These days, even the most far-flung destinations can seem naggingly familiar. In his debut novel, Necessary Errors, Caleb Crain circumvents this artistic hardship by journeying back in time as well as across land and water, setting his dreamy young Bostonian down in Prague in late 1990. What follows is a classic tale of an innocent abroad with some pleasingly contemporary social twists and much sincere philosophical commentary on themes such as love and greed.

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