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Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
304 pages; Random House
Salman Rushdie's exuberant new work, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, a retelling of what we know as The Arabian Nights, opens with a romance between a 12th-century Spanish doctor and Dunia, a female jinn (a.k.a. genie)—a union that spawns hordes of children who scatter across continents and into the future. Rushdie's reach is vast: He satirizes the promise and peril of globalism even as he taps a spectrum of literary genres in a tender ode to the wondrous art of spinning tales. 
— Hamilton Cain