By Helen DeWitt
New Directions Publishing Corporation, Hardcover, 9780811219433, 275pp.
Publication Date: October 5, 2011
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An uproarious, hard-boiled modern fable of corporate life, sex, and race in America, Helen DeWitt'sLightning Rods brims with the satiric energy of Nathanael West and the philosophic import of an Aristophanic comedy of ideas. Her wild yarn is second cousin to the spirit of Mel Brooks and the hilarious reality-blurring of Being John Malkovich. Dewitt continues to take the novel into new realms of storytelling -- as the timeliness of Lightning Rods crosses over into timelessness.