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With 'Doxology,' Nell Zink Delivers Her Most Ambitious and Expansive Novel Yet

It was a bit uncanny to read Nell Zink’s new novel, “Doxology,” in the wake of the suicide this month of David Berman, the beloved singer and songwriter best known for his work with Silver Jews, his indie-rock band.

A similar type of outside-the-box musician, named Joe Harris, dies too young (heroin) in “Doxology.” Berman and Harris are different in many ways. But they share a surreal sense of humor. Zink shows us Harris onstage at one point, “rocking out to his own conception of beauty, alone and weird.” Berman and Harris also share a restless sort of talent that can lead artists to become more influential dead than alive.

“Doxology” isn’t fundamentally a music novel. It has

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