by Paul Auster
Paul Auster is, in my mind, without doubt one of the best novelists writing. Invisible is a gripping coming-of-age narrative. There is more of Patricia Highsmith than J. D. Salinger in this story of a terrifying event that left its mark on a young Columbia University student in 1967. It continued to exercise power over him to the end of his life.
The novel is written from two points of view, that of Adam Walker and that of his friend from his undergraduate days, James Freeman, himself a successful writer. This shifting of viewpoints is never confusing and gives the book density and a rich complexity.