Perlman’s Ordeal , by Brooks Hansen. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 329 pages, $24.
What do we mean when we say that a book is “hypnotic”? What exactly is a “mesmerizing” novel? Not one that puts us to sleep. Nor does a prose-induced trance necessarily suppress our critical faculties, as true hypnosis can. What the cliché Read More