Image of American Elsewhere

AMERICAN ELSEWHERE

Image of American Elsewhere

Bennett’s novel may remind readers of the early works of Stephen King, presenting a small town where nothing is what it seems. There are a plethora of intriguing characters, each of whom has specific goals — goals that are often in direct opposition to those around them. Bennett’s work also evokes a mood similar to that of Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves, where every darkness may swallow a person only to spit them out into a place akin to Wonderland.

Mona’s mother died long ago, but Mona is only just coming into her inheritance, a small house in a small town that not many have heard of. Mona eventually finds her way to the New Mexican town and discovers there may be good reasons why it doesn’t exist on any map. Strange people populate Wink, but there are even stranger goings-on; Mona lands in the center of an ancient conflict and can’t fathom how personal it will get. (ORBIT, Feb., 688 pp., $13.99)

Reviewed by: 
Elise Tobler