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Match Book

Dear Match Book,

I need an author I can read front to back, or one who has written five books that I’ll want to read without stopping.

I was an English major in college, so I guess what I like is literary fiction. My four favorite books are “Blood Meridian,” by Cormac McCarthy, “Moby-Dick,” by Herman Melville, “Invisible Man,” by Ralph Ellison, and “Continental Drift,” by Russell Banks — in that order.

I’ve read everything by Colson Whitehead, so

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