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A mad, mad, mad world

A tale that veers sharply from the norm with a cast of absurd and flawed, yet compelling, characters

By Brock Clarke
Globe Correspondent / November 13, 2011

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What the reader will find in Lydia Millet’s odd and wonderful novel “Ghost Lights’’: a three-legged dog; a mostly happy married couple who cheat on each other; a missing tycoon; What the reader will not find in this, Millet’s eighth book: characters who are motivated by anything that might be usually considered proper novelistic motivation; a God who believes in justice, divine or otherwise; an ending that makes even a little bit of sense.

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GHOST LIGHTS By Lydia Millet

Norton, 255 pp., $24.95