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This Week in Books: A Novel That Asks Us to Look at Ourselves

This Week in Books: A Novel That Asks Us to Look at Ourselves

[ad_1] This is an edition of the revamped Books Briefing, our editors’ weekly guide to the best in books. Sign up for it here. Lydia Kiesling’s new novel, Mobility, is about a woman who spends her life trying not to see the harm her work is doing to the Earth. The main character, Bunny Glenn, has fallen almost unwittingly into a career in the oil industry. And, as Amy Weiss-Meyer wrote in her essay this week on the book, Kiesling’s portrait of a compromised Everywoman trying to square herself morally with what she does for a living seems meant to make us readers squirm. What Mobility brought to mind for me, and not just because of Bunny’s name, were two other archetypal characters from American fiction: Babbitt and Rabbit. First, here are three new stories from The Atlantic’s Books section: Novels that try to reflect society back to itself are a staple of American fiction—they present us with characters who are meant to force a kind of reckoning. Think of George F. Babbitt from Upton …