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Hard liquor

Emily Schultz’s fourth novel aims at being a grimy yet widescreen look at the Prohibition era


Men Walking on Water

Emily Schultz

Knopf Canada

HUMANS ARE doomed to want what they can’t have. Which is why pursuing the forbidden is one of the oldest yet ripest genres of story we’ve got, from Adam and Eve swiping the apple on down. Canada-born, Brooklyn-based Emily Schultz (The Blondes) taps into this urge in her fourth novel, which turns its gimlet eye to Detroit in the 1920s, at the height of Prohibition, as a suspicious car accident has repercussions for an entire community of booze smugglers, their families, and their suppliers.

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