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The Washington Post…[a] beautiful, whip-smart first novel…Beha…is a precise, attentive and unshowy novelist. There are no symphonic sentences to quote in this review because his novel is constructed out of lines simple and functional as fence posts. Its power accrues over pages, as Charlie's fate intersects with Sophie's and Bill's. Beha announces the book's stylistic and emotional mission early on, when Sophie delivers a rant about the Beat writers. "There's no control, no sense of form," she complains. "Eventually it all turns sentimental, like a conversation with a sloppy drunk." Her critical opinion of the Beats is debatable, but What Happened to Sophie Wilder is the kind of novel she'd admire: sober, unsentimental and delivered with intelligence and passion.