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James PoniewozikThe Learners is witty and well observed as an office comedy, as a meditation on art and as a story of self-discovery…the book's charms are, literally and figuratively, in the details: the visual observations, the comedy of the office's small-stakes battles and the meditations on Kidd's own graphic art, which at their best moments serve his protagonist's character as well. In one touching passage, Happy lays out examples on the page of all the ways one can typeset the words "Forgive me," but concludes that typography "has its limits like everything else." In another novel, it might seem like showy metafictional playing around. In The Learners, it's a sweet, small reminder of how words —and type—can fail us.
—The New York Times