Envy deals with the
subject of brotherly betrayal. As the
reviewer for The New York Observer puts it,
'Envy touches the nerve that drives
Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Will and his
cold-blooded fish of a brother.' The same
reviewer goes on to ponder 'The question is:
Do we accept all this [from Harrison]
because, after 10 psyche-shattering books,
[she] has debauched us by now? Or is it
because we recognize that she's
communicating something important?'
The Washington Post reviewer would reply to this musing with a resounding and definite no, saying, "Writers and critics who complain of the shrinking audience for literary fiction argue -- validly -- that huge advances and advertising budgets ...
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