A Day at the Beach A 9/11 backdrop is no longer original. But using 9/11 as analogy is risky, potentially exploitative. In A Day at the Beach , an entrancing… A Day at the Beach A 9/11 backdrop is no longer original. But using 9/11 as analogy is risky, potentially exploitative. In A Day at the Beach , an entrancing… 2007-06-01 Fiction Houghton Mifflin
Book Review

A Day at the Beach (2007)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 01, 2007; Writer: Helen Shulman; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

A 9/11 backdrop is no longer original. But using 9/11 as analogy is risky, potentially exploitative. In A Day at the Beach, an entrancing tale of 24 hours in a troubled marriage, Helen Schulman writes about that day with journalistic detachment (doggedly matter-of-fact descriptions of brushing teeth or pouring coffee); yet she exhibits an artist's eye for detail — likening repetitive TV news footage to the iconography of Jasper Johns, using René Magritte to illustrate a surreal burst of daylight (''it emanated from the ground instead of the sky''). As for the intriguingly ambiguous ending, the possibilities could provide material for two more novels. A-

Originally posted May 25, 2007 Published in issue #936 Jun 01, 2007 Order article reprints