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The ultimate New York parking novel

If Calvin Trillin’s middle-aged Manhattanite, obsessed with his parking space, appeals to British readers, that would be a story in itself

16 January 2016

9:00 AM

16 January 2016

9:00 AM

Tepper Isn’t Going Out Calvin Trillin

Fox, Finch and Tepper, pp.224, £9.99

Publishing a ‘New York’ novel in the months after 11 September 2001 is a surefire, if accidental, way to make it immediately out of date. Especially one about parking. There’s certainly a parking novel to be written in the age of global terror and suicide attackers, but it will have a more security-conscious bent than the amusing small novel Calvin Trillin achieved that dreadful autumn, about a diffident late-middle-aged New Yorker looking for a spot to park from which, as the title suggests, Tepper Isn’t Going Out.

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