Stephan Lee
September 28, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Visible Man

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Chuck Klosterman
publisher
Scribner
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Narcissistic, delu­sional, yet clearly brilliant, Y____ is a psychoanalyst’s dream. In sessions with therapist Victoria Vick — whose notes and transcripts form the basis of the novel — he tells her bizarre stories that can’t possibly be true. He claims, for example, to have developed a suit that renders him nearly invisible, allowing him to watch strangers in an attempt to uncover truths about human behavior. With The Visible Man, Klosterman (husband of EW senior writer Melissa Maerz) has conjured up a novel that manages to be both wildly experimental and accessible, while making perceptive observations about privacy, human nature, and, of course, the author’s forte, pop culture. A-

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