Jane Smiley’s satire of a Midwestern university is like a big college party to which everybody’s invited. They’re all here — the whole multi-culti, crazy-quilt gang that makes up modern academic life in America: Maoists and free-marketeers, idealists and careerists, cafeteria workers and deans, the repressed and the randy, black girls from the city and white boys fresh off the farm.
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