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Joseph O’Neill’s ‘Netherland’ — A Masterly Study in Unreliable Narration

A Dutch-born banker in Manhattan becomes unmoored in a post-9/11 ghost story with neo-Gothic undertones

This story first appeared on a blog soon after the publication of Netherland, the finest novel I’d read about the aftermath of 9/11. I’m reposting it unedited — except

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Janice Harayda

Critic, novelist, award-winning journalist. Former book editor of the Plain Dealer and book columnist for Glamour. Words in NYT, WSJ, and other major media.