Jennifer Reese
October 05, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Inside

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Alix Ohlin
publisher
Knopf
genre
Fiction

We gave it an B+

Kenneth J. Harvey illuminates the inner world of the improbably named Mister Myrden, who receives exoneration after 14 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Released to his money-grubbing wife, roughneck friends, and resentful grown children, Myrden tries to forge a more meaningful life, a struggle Harvey beautifully captures in broken, staccato sentences. Myrden’s journey in Inside goes from blue-collar bars to a snooty Toronto hotel to the Spanish countryside (”Lemon trees. Everything crystal clear at a distance. Unreal”) until Harvey expertly steers his troubled, inarticulate hero toward the fate he’s been tempting all along. B+

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