* The Double Life of Liliane by Lily Tuck

The Double Life of Liliane is billed as a novel, although it may be more of a biography, and despite the heroine’s many trips  between Europe and the US, between an estranged father and a self-involved mother, I found it all quite dull, often reading like a (very skillful) weaving together of historical research, classic novels in multiple languages, and current events, with not much of a plot beyond fantastic details (was her father really saved by Josephine Baker during WWII?) that do not build to any kind of an apex.


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