The Wonders of the Invisible World, by David Gates

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America's babyboomers are caught in mid-navel gaze by David Gates. As in his novels Jernigan and Preston Falls, the characters in these stories are bookish suburbanites trying to make sense of their lives as parents, husbands, wives and adulterers. Relief comes in varied forms: in one story an unhappy wife resorts to renting and re-renting Beauty and the Beast on video; in another, two home-based illustrators try to conceal their "Remy" addiction from one another.