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Book review: ‘You Should Have Known’ by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jean Hanff Korelitz chronicles the emotional unraveling of her well-to-do therapist  heroine.
Jean Hanff Korelitz chronicles the emotional unraveling of her well-to-do therapist heroine.Mark Czajkowski

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IN its mesmerizing first chapter, Jean Hanff Korelitz’s “You Should Have Known’’ throws down the riveting preamble to its no-holds-barred, chilling gauntlet. Grace Reinhart Sachs, a somewhat smug, self-satisfied therapist with a perfect Manhattan marriage and life, has written a book, “You Should Have Known: Why Women Fail to Hear What the Men in the Their Lives Are Telling Them.’’ Clearly this is a character riding for a fall, and Korelitz does not disappoint as she chronicles the paranoia-steeped unraveling of her heroine over the course of a few scant weeks.

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