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Francine ProseHavazelet is a writer who takes huge risks, who challenges us—and himself—to love those who are the most unlovable, the most deeply and humanly flawed…Havazelet's novel won't make you happier, unless it cheers you to admire a writer who doesn't merely describe but actually reproduces experiences that seem simultaneously universal and intimate. Reading about Sol and Nathan feels like being adopted into a family you might not want to have, precisely because (as with "The Sopranos") you recognize the similarities it bears to your own. It can hurt to be shown reality, to be told the truth. But Bearing the Body reminds you that there's nothing else like it.
—The New York Times