Mind and reality
Aug 31, 2011 — Child narrators rule this week's fiction: Brock Clarke conjures a young prodigy searching for his father, while Michael David Lukas channels a girl who stows away on a trip to the Ottoman Empire. In nonfiction, Ian Johnson says the CIA inadvertently helped radical Islamists gain a foothold in Europe after World War II.
Oct 28, 2010 — In Brock Clarke's extraordinary new novel, a precocious 9-year-old searches for both his estranged father and Frederick Exley, his father's favorite writer. Clarke deftly handles the plot's layers, twists and identity puzzles, and pulls off the literary equivalent of a half-court shot.