Harry Mathews’s brilliant final work, The Solitary Twin, is an engaging mystery that simultaneously considers the art of storytelling. When identical twins arrive at an unnamed fishing port, they become the focus of the residents’ attention and gossip. The stories they tell about the young men uncover a dizzying web of connections, revealing passion, sex, and murder. Fates are surprisingly intertwined, and the result is a moving, often hilarious, novel that questions our assumptions about life and literature.
A fascinating, discursive swan song that celebrates the power of stories.
—Tyler Malone LA Times
As the novel circles closer to the grand reveal promised by its title, Mathews toys with the reader’s ‘desire to resolve the irresolute, to conclude the incomplete, to have the crooked made straight.’ The result is an undeniably clever parting shot from one of contemporary literature’s most playfully challenging writers.