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The Fermata (book; 1995)
By Nicholson Baker
One of two books from the early 1990s to make Nicholson Baker a household name (the other being the even bigger-selling Vox), this novel tells the tale of a dysfunctional intellectual who figures out how to stop time...then uses the ability to keep his life in a perpetual stage of suspended adolescence, as well as commenting a lot about the world at large. Like the rest of his work, The Fermata is a polarizing piece of fiction, one you're guaranteed to either love or hate.
Out of 10: 8.8