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‘Mr. Lynch’s Holiday’ by Catherine O’Flynn

Pity the poor comic novel, making its way with slender shoulders through a world where self-seriousness is too often taken as proof of substance.

Immigration, estrangement, and a ruined economy all figure prominently in Catherine O’Flynn’s third novel, but humor is her métier, and “Mr. Lynch’s Holiday” is a charmer, smart and occasionally spooky.

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