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Book Review

‘Communion Town’ by Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson’s debut novel, “Communion Town,” earned a spot on the long list of candidates for last year’s prestigious Man Booker Prize. Though it didn’t make the final cut, its inclusion anointed Thompson as a rising star.

Perhaps what led the judges to drop “Communion Town” from contention is that its status as a novel is tenuous, at best. Set in an imaginary city, the book consists of 10 short chapters in a mix of literary styles, each focused on a different character, with only the thinnest of threads connecting them.

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