I first got to know John Lanchester’s work back in 2012, the last time he appeared in The New Yorker with his story “Expectations” (see the post here). Unfortunately, I didn’t follow up as well as I wanted to. KevinfromCanada told me that I should read Lanchester’s debut novel The Debt to Pleasure, and, while I dutifully bought the book, I still haven’t read it. So, I know Lanchester only briefly through his own work and slightly better by reputation. I hope this story is a good reminder.
I look forward to your thoughts on the story and, if you’ve read more of his work, on John Lanchester.