Among the other titles on the Voice list that caught my eye:
American Genius, A ComedyClick here to see all 25 books tagged by the Voice.
By Lynne Tillman
Helen, the protagonist of Lynne Tillman's fifth novel, suffers from the rare disorder dermatographia, in which the slightest caress might erupt into "white lines...which resemble writing on the skin." As she sojourns in an unnamed institution--a mysterious amalgam of sanatorium and artist's colony--Helen reveals a psyche that's equally sensitive. In this canny, elliptical novel, the smallest sensation or suggestion sends her into a paroxysm of recall and digression--on Eames chairs, time pieces, household pets, and all manner of skin ailments.