Ordinary People by Diana Evans on The New Yorker’s Best Books of 2018

Evans’s third novel, a domestic tragicomedy, centers on two couples: one has merely lost its spark, and the other has drifted into the living death of suburbia. The book achieves a moody, velvety atmosphere, as though events were unfolding under amber-tinted bulbs. Bracketed by Barack Obama’s electoral victory and Michael Jackson’s overdose, “Ordinary People” also offers a precise sketch of the British black middle class, with a daring fifth-act twist.

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