The most absorbing books I read have a vital lesson at their core: they teach me what it means to be human. Karen Joy Fowlerâ€™s latest book tackles this crucial theme and by doing so, captured my heart and reduced me to tears.
There is no getting around that this is an agenda book. Ms. Fowlerâ€™s purpose is to show usâ€”through fictionâ€”that the most complicated animal â€“ the human animal can be disastrous to the rest of the animal kingdom through sheer arrogance.
Typically, I avoid authorial intrusion like the plague. But this book was so irresistibly readable, so original, and so psychologically nuanced that I couldnâ€™t help but turn the pages compulsively.