Agatha's Ashes

The New Woman

Jon Hassler

Viking Press, $23.95, 214 pp.

W. H. Auden once remarked that readers want their favorite novelists to be faithful to them, while remaining free themselves to be as unfaithful as they please. Jon Hassler’s latest book, The New Woman, may at first glance seem unfaithful to readers devoted to his four previous novels of life in bucolic Staggerford, the fictional Minnesota town he began chronicling almost thirty years ago. In The New Woman Hassler trains his comic and...

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About the Author

Ed Block is professor of English at Marquette University, and editor of Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature.