Reviewed by Megan O'Grady

Long-listed for the Booker Prize, former foreign correspondent Ed O’Loughlin’Not Untrue & Not Unkind (Overlook) recalls Africa in the nineties and what now seems like an oddly romantic—albeit morally muddled—era in news reporting (genocide, followed by cocktails at sunset). O’Loughlin, a former editor and war correspondent, writes fiction with a stoic lyricism, evoking a mordant war-weariness and the eerie hollow left behind once the rush of adrenaline runs out. “Most people who live vicariously do it through other people, but what if you tried to live vicariously through yourself?”