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J. Robert Lennon’s latest novel, Familiar, came out in October 2012, and it has this cover:














It’s about a woman whose life breaks away from itself, and you can read more about it here. It’s put out by Graywolf.

In the 27 September 2012 issue of the London Review of Books there was an ad featuring a scholarly work by Patrick Grant. Imperfection, a non-fiction title, came out in May 2012 from Athabasca University Press. Here’s the cover:














What are the odds that this almost identical cover would be used by two different presses? Funnily enough, Lennons book is about a woman who suddenly has two lives, and she fights to understand what has happened and to get back to the life she always knew.

As one Bond novel put it (maybe Goldfinger): Coincidence, happenstance, or enemy action?

  • Jeff Bursey is a literary critic and author of the picaresque novel Mirrors on which dust has fallen and the political satire Verbatim: A Novel, both of which take place in the same fictional Canadian province. His newest book, Centring the Margins: Essays and Reviews, is a collection of literary criticism that appeared in American Book Review, Books in Canada, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, The Quarterly Conversation, and The Winnipeg Review, among other places. He’s a Contributing Editor at The Winnipeg Review, an Associate Editor at Lee Thompson’s Galleon, and a Special Correspondent for Numéro Cinq. He makes his home on Prince Edward Island in Canada’s Far East.

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