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Sarah VowellJosie and Jack is carefully constructed. Braffet roils a reader to crave to find out what happens next, not because her main characters are figures to root for -- pity the bystanders in their path -- but because she has paced their often appalling adventures at a quick, sustained rhythm. The second half of the book, when our modern Hansel and Gretel run away to New York, beats faster still. Forsaking their house, and the groping, alcoholic sameness of their days there, they find the trip is rich with suspense. Besides the two biggest questions of this compelling book -- Will Josie ever escape the thrall of Jack, and if so how will she do it? -- there's the bonus anxiety of the two most important, most mysterious questions of those new to New York: Where will they live and how the hell will they pay for it?
— The New York Times