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Danielle TrussoniTo shape the everyday happenings of the world into a good story—isn't that what novelists are supposed to do best? Yet readers must often choose between "literary fiction," understood to be works of well-written but meandering prose about the "real world" of human relationships, and "commercial fiction," fast-paced novels in which plot is everything. The literary is assumed to be cerebral and artistic, the commercial mindless and entertaining. One suspects that nobody is completely happy with this divide. So it is a joy to discover, every once in a while, a writer whose prose and plotting take something from both camps. As Ted Mooney proves in his nuanced literary thriller The Same River Twice, it is perfectly possible to find a novel that has it all.
—The New York Times