Ray Rahman
June 25, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Taipei

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Tao Lin
publisher
Vintage
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

For most of his young career, the 29-year-old Lin has been high on concept (among other things) but relatively low on mainstream accessibility. Taipei marks his first release with a major publisher, and perhaps his strongest work to date. The story centers on Paul, a twentysomething New York writer not unlike the author, as he drifts through his cyber-centric surroundings. The novel isn’t really about anything — Paul mainly wanders around his hyper-millennial world, dabbling in this and that — but Lin’s strength is his ability to zoom in on scenes, observing life one pixel at a time. B+

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