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December 26, 2014

BOOK REVIEW ‘Fallout’ studies the emotional detritus of 1970s theater scene

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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 1:38 am

Sadie Jones knows the human heart—and she reaches deep into it—in her extraordinary, affecting new novel. “Fallout” is very much about just that: the debris that descends in the wake of explosion. It is also very much about love, duplicity, art and “the nonsense fairy tale of salvation.”

Four twentysomethings in 1970s’ London consider, but never really confront, the future. Paul Driscoll fancies himself a theatrical producer. Leigh Radley, his best girl, is more comfortable as a stage manager, finding comfort in being a provider both professionally and personally. On a trip to the provinces one rainy night, the two ask for directions from Luke Kanowski, a dynamic young man who feels trapped by family and work.

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