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Zink’s novels are so strange that it is hard to understand why anybody actually like them. Gene Glover “I felt like the Empress Theodora. Can I get more orifices?” Thus wonders the narrator of The Wallcreeper, Nell Zink’s 2014 debut. “Is that what she meant in the Historia Arcana —not that three isn’t enough, but that the three on offer aren’t enough to sustain a marriage?” This is how all of Zink’s jokes go.
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