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Among the Ten Thousand Things, by Julia Pierpont (Random House). This inventive take on the traditional family novel nods at bellwethers of the genre but feels as if it could only have been written yesterday. The milieu of the Shanley family is one of women “always in yoga pants,” sitcom fan fiction, and bad yet arresting Times Square art. The novel’s crux is the potential dissolution of Jack and Deb’s marriage, yet, daringly, Pierpont races forward in time mid-book,...

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