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“The Bass Rock” is an ominous and accurate portrayal of how hard human nature can be

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“The Bass Rock” by Evie Wyld, Pantheon, 2020, 362 pages, $27.95

It’s going to be hard to find a book just now that is much darker than “The Bass Rock,” the new novel from Evie Wyld. That’s not to suggest, however, that serious readers won’t want to give it their full consideration.

Be forewarned: it is frequently violent. But it is not sensationalistic. It is instead a response to the persistent gender divides of the last three centuries.