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'Pickle's Progress' Is A Weird — But Secretly Sweet — Journey

Marcia Butler's new novel centers on a drunken, bickering couple whose lives are turned upside down after a car crash. It's a deeply weird book that succeeds because of Butler's considerable charisma.

Everyone knows at least one dream couple: two charming people with magnetic personalities who complement each other perfectly. Their perfect relationship draws admiration, and not a little envy, from their friends; their joint charisma makes them the envy of every dinner party.

Stan and Karen, the couple at the heart of Marcia Butler's novel , are not that couple. They are the opposite of that couple. If they ever met that couple, both couples would cancel each other out, in

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