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This month, Slate critics Emily Bazelon, Hanna Rosin, and Katy Waldman dig into Ali Smith’s complex, baffling, and bewitching novel, How to Be Both. Are the twinned narratives—about a prickly teenager and a Renaissance painter—effective or gimmicky? Should we be consoled or creeped out by the idea of a voyeurism-powered universe? And is it more satisfying when books resolve their mysteries, or leave them hanging?
Next month the Audio Book Club will try to tame Helen Macdonald’s genre-defying H Is for Hawk. Read the book and stay tuned for our discussion in May!
Podcast produced by Abdul Rufus and Andy Bowers.