With the often-ridiculous U.S. presidential race in full swing, there's at least a 47 percent chance you'd like to forget about politicians for a few hours by immersing yourself in a novel. But be careful which novel you choose, because some of them feature ... politicians!
Satire is an important form of political commentary. The problem is that when someone equates a particular policy position with The Destruction of America As We Know It, they disregard the fact that reasonable people can disagree.
Doctorow isn't really interested, as he's been so often before, in illuminating America's past. His subjects, of course, are the nutball Collyer brothers and their activities in and around their Fifth Avenue mansion.