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The Anomaly

A Novel

by Hervé Le Tellier

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The Anomaly by Hervé Le Tellier
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    Nov 2021, 400 pages

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An uncanny, mysterious event changes the lives of passengers aboard an Air France flight, raising questions about the nature of reality and how we should live in it.

Hervé Le Tellier's novel The Anomaly, translated from French into English by Adriana Hunter, follows the lives of a dozen or so characters, strangers to each other but connected by the transatlantic flight most of them took in March 2021, which experienced a violent bout of turbulence. Le Tellier begins by providing his characters' backstories up to June 2021, when FBI agents start knocking on their doors; the first third of the novel is this extended setup—new chapter, new character introduced, new life story told—during which it becomes clear that something strange—perhaps fantastical, definitely inauspicious—happened during the flight. A reader's experience with these first 150 pages will depend on how much they enjoy sweeping exposition and glimpses into disparate characters' inner lives; it's toward the end of the first part and into the second that the ...

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