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A Marker to Measure Drift (Hardcover)

by Alexander Maksik

Before They Were Notable: 2013 0

This year’s New York Times Notable Books of the Year list is out.

Particular Ways of Being Wrong 19

All lazy book reviews are essentially the same: they reflect a reviewer’s inability, or perhaps refusal, to fully engage with the writer’s project on the book’s own terms. Lazier still is to not discuss the book but instead the author, to review not the project, but the reputation.

Something Stark and Essential: On Alexander Maksik's A Marker to Measure Drift 0

The writing is clear and economical, and to Maksik’s credit it never competes with Jacqueline’s ongoing plight. Add a plot so tightly focused on her immediate hardships and the unbreakable link to her mother, whose voice comes to her in memory with advice both wanted and unwanted, and Maksik seems to have set up an absolute gauntlet for himself.