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The Isolated Protagonist: Three Novels by Orhan Pamuk, Jenny McPhee, and Laura Stevenson

by Emily Grosholz

THE PROTAGONISTS OF THESE THREE RECENT NOVELS are people who live in the periphery of society, and so seem also to live on the outskirts of their own lives, observing, commenting, never really engaging—with one exception. Though there is a lot of sex in these books, strenuously and even fearlessly depicted, the exceptional moment is oddly enough just a kiss.

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