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Some Possible Solutions
224 pages; Henry Holt and Co.
Phillips's gift is for making the peculiar seem like it's happening down the street: A couple in crisis decides to formally bring in a Stepford wife–like third party; a woman inhabits a city where she keeps encountering doppelgängers. And just when you think you're onto Phillips's game, here comes another little fable, postmodernist puzzle, or sly revelation.