A Disorder Peculiar to the Country: A Novel by Ken Kalfus
Reviewed by Marco Roth
Times Literary Supplement
"Ken Kalfus's second novel is the most original to be written about America's moral climate in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Ian McEwan, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jay McInerney and, more recently, Claire Messud and Deborah Eisenberg have employed the attacks as a new metonymy of conventional anxiety ? the inevitable death's-head figure for any fiction set in the present. Kalfus, however, is the first to take on the cliched idea that the terrorists really did inaugurate a new order and that the world, or at least our minds, changed the morning after." Read the entire Times Literary Supplement review.