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Steven Galloway's new novel grapples with a mind unraveling

The ConfabulistSteven Galloway

There is, perhaps, nothing more terrifying than the possibility of being led astray by one's own mind. If we can't trust our own perceptions, memories, or reasoning, then there is no escape-no way to move out of the tortured state of limbo that lies between our own perceptions and a reality they cannot ascertain.

The Confabulist-the new novel by Steven Galloway, who wrote The Cellist of Sarajevo, the 2012 One Maryland Book pick-dwells in distortion as it follows the intertwined lives of Harry Houdini and Martin Strauss, the rather ordinary man who happened to kill the master illusionist. Partly as a...