by Nathan W., December 12, 2012 5:00 PM
A Naked Singularity is easily the funniest and most heartbreaking book I read this year. Told from the point of view of Casi, a 24-year-old public defender in Manhattan, its contents range from court transcripts to abstract philosophical discussions to absurdist conversations with next-door neighbors (not to mention an incredibly well-planned criminal caper that's as thrilling as any movie you saw this summer). Casi is intelligent, hilarious, and deeply committed to his clients — you'll root for him the whole way while simultaneously pondering our legal system, the culture that undergirds it, and maybe even your own morality. Now that's what I call a novel.