Francine Prose. How does she do it? She makes the real world more real. Her writing is filled with people we know and (sometimes) hate. Her latest novel, A Changed Man
, is a wonderful introduction for readers unfamiliar with her work. It's the story of Vincent Nolan, a skinhead who wants to change his ways. But that's like saying The Da Vinci Code
is about art. The novel takes on philanthropy, daytime television, high school teachers and, of course, Neo-Nazis.