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Gods Without Men

Hari Kunzru

This gorgeously layered novel revolves around a group of rocks, somewhere in the Mojave. Gods Without Men is a California-based  novel, with missionaries, indigenous peoples, dreamers, aliens, and shadowy entrepreneurs, centered on a young New York couple and their autistic son. All are seeking something beyond reach. Be it simple family happiness or visitors from the stars. Though tethered to a place, the novel dances through time. Hari Kunzru’s writing is unsparing, comic, in turns lucid then dreamlike; bringing the reader tantalizingly close to life’s and the desert’s shimmering mirages. This is a novel that plays marvelous tricks on your brain, much like a desert landscape.