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A Wealth of Despair Among The Impoverished

AMERICAN RUST By Philipp Meyer Spiegel & Grau. 367 pp. $24.95 Philipp Meyer's powerful first novel, "American Rust," scrapes beneath today's economic headlines to show us a community corroded by poverty and despair. Told in language both plaintive and grand, it's a tale of murder and the str...

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