In her best stories, Deborah Eisenberg plunges without preamble into the hyperactive inner world of talky, middle-aged Americans. In the witty ”Some Other, Better Otto,” a waspish lawyer vacillates between savagely mocking his lover (”This is unbearable! I’ve spent the best years of my life with a man who doesn’t know how to use the word ‘and!”’) and loathing himself for being cruel. A nervous schoolteacher entertains timid fantasies about her guide on a tour of Italy in ”Like It or Not” — until an adroit last-minute switch in perspective illuminates the terrible chasm in understanding that can yawn between new acquaintances. But the rambling title tale, Twilight of the Superheroes, — about a group of young people sharing a condo with views of the World Trade Center — never finds its footing. Like others who have tackled 9/11, Eisenberg hasn’t figured out how to translate the enormous event into human-scale fiction.
Twilight of the Superheroes In her best stories, Deborah Eisenberg plunges without preamble into the hyperactive inner world of talky, middle-aged Americans. In the witty ''Some...Twilight of the SuperheroesFictionDeborah Eisenberg In her best stories, Deborah Eisenberg plunges without preamble into the hyperactive inner world of talky, middle-aged Americans. In the witty ''Some...2006-01-25Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Genre: Fiction; Author: Deborah Eisenberg; Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Posted January 25 2006 — 12:00 AM EST
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