Normal People Don't Live like This
Normal People Don't Live Like This
by Dylan Landis
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An adult character in Normal People Don't Live like This, Dylan Landis's lean, beguiling novel in stories, is a synesthete. "It means the senses work in pairs," she explains to Leah Levinson, the teenager at the center of the book. "It's a gift." Leah can appreciate this—for her, objects and words have their own dreamy weight—but her sensitivity is a product of adolescence, not neurology.
Teenage girls make for compelling fictional subjects, and portraying them honestly requires a certain grit. In her best moments, Landis doesn't flinch, lavishing attention on Leah's obsessive-compulsiveness, the jumbled contents of her underwear drawer, and a friend's sudden miscarriage. In ten concise chapters that can be read as stand-alone stories or chronological snapshots, we experience the world of 1970s New York through
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