May 2, 2014 1:00 PM

Excellent ‘American Romantic’ reflects on U.S. role in a post-World War II world

All of Ward Just’s familiar people, places and themes are present in “American Romantic,” but he has refined and elevated them to new levels. This is fiction as it should be and so rarely is: opening our eyes to things we don’t know about worlds we think we know well and transporting us to worlds totally alien to us.

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