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‘Threshold’ Resurrects the Angry, Ambitious Young Man

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‘Threshold’ Resurrects the Angry, Ambitious Young Man


When it comes to reading in an emergency, in a moment of crisis and uncertainty, comfort seems to be the order of the day — old favorites, regressive pleasures, cozy classics.

What happens if they fail you? Mine have (et tu, Wodehouse?), so I am here to champion the opposite: the enlivening, more absorbing distractions of disagreement, argument and pure pique, of being profitably at odds with what you are reading; the deep diversion of a good, cleansing quarrel, especially with a book that is game and gleefully provocative. “Threshold,” a nettlesome new novel — surly, ambitious, frequently annoying — has been my treasured companion of late.

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