Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel
Buffet line: It’s as if a Paul Thomas Anderson movie (The Master, There Will Be Blood) married a David Foster Wallace novel and had a baby. Which is to say, this story is weird, thrilling, and inimitable. Plot notes: Thurlow Dan on a disastrous quest to find his estranged ex-wife—who happens to be a covert agent attempting to minimize Thurlow’s damage and protect him from himself. Through the looking glass: Maazel’s fictional depiction of an America saturated with loneliness and a willingness to follow any leader rings eerily true.