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A familiar pattern plays out repeatedly in American literary fiction, especially in American literary fiction written by male authors stumbling through middle age. We know its circuit by heart: A man settles. A man stirs. A man strays. A man settles again. The tale is cyclical, each regression already promising a return, which must be why we can never escape it. It is surprising, then, that Matthew Klam’s Who Is Rich?—the first novel from the beloved author of the short-story collection Sam the Cat—feels so vital, even when we know we’ve been here before.
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