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logoOccasionally shocking, consistently understated and knowing, “Local Souls” deploys three related novellas that deal with people who don’t fit in. The world of Allan Gurganus’ first new work of fiction in a dozen years is both familiar and eccentric.

Best known for the 1989 novel “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All,” Mr. Gurganus revisits its locale here. Set in the town of Falls, a fictitious rural community of some 6,800 near the real North Carolina city of Raleigh, these unusual novellas, which could stand alone but resonate well together, focus on outliers and taboos.

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