Some Trick, by Helen DeWitt

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For sheer unpredictable brilliance, Gogol may come to mind, but no author alive today takes a reader as far as Helen DeWitt into the funniest, most far-reaching dimensions of possibility. Her jumping-off points might be statistics, romance, the art world’s piranha tank, games of chance and of skill, the travails of publishing, or success. “Look,” a character begins to explain, laying out some gambit reasonably enough, though in the face of situations spinning out to their utmost logical extremes, where things prove “more complicated than they had first appeared” and “at 3 a.m. the circumstances seem to attenuate.” In various ways, each of these thirteen razor-sharp tales carries DeWitt’s signature poker-face lament regarding the near-impossibility of the life of the mind when one is made to pay to have the time for it, in a world so sadly “taken up with all sorts of paraphernalia superfluous, not to say impedimental, to ratiocination.”

Praise for Some Trick

“Helen DeWitt will make you laugh until you cry.”
—Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker

“DeWitt is willing to take her satire as far as it will go, giving us the freedom to read it (or even misread it) as we choose.”
—Jennifer Szalai, New York Times Sunday Book Review

“DeWitt is a hot-blooded intellectual, and her contagious passion for the life of the mind can redeem even the bleakest lamentations. . . . In the world of Some Trick, the best words are so acute they lacerate.”
The Nation

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