Alienated In a Near-Future Chicago: A Review of Ben Tanzer’s “Orphans”

Orphans by Ben Tanzer Switchgrass Books; 164 p. In the past few years, Ben Tanzer has established himself as an adept chronicler of a particular type of middle-class male anxiety. Fathers figure prominently into his work, as do cities — most especially, Tanzer’s home of Chicago. Orphans, his latest novel, shares many characteristics with Tanzer’s body of work, but ventures into the realm of science fiction. Orphans zeroes in on the fears and frustrations of its protagonist: his new job, which […]

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