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Imagine a modern-day retelling of Mark Twains classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with a teenage girl and a very pregnant young Mexican as the main characters. Thats the gist of Matthew Olshans brilliant literary debut, Finn: A Novel. The books narrator is Chloe Wilder, a quiet girl, part tomboy, part survivor. Rescued from a murderous life with her mother, Chloe lives with her grandparents in the cocoon of a quiet, middle-class neighborhood. For the first time in her life, things are steady, safeand stifling. Enter Silvia Morales, the grandparents' maid. Silvia is an illegal immigrant, but thats not her only secret: Shes also pregnant, a transgression that gets her kicked out of the house. Not long after, Chloe is torn from her quiet life too, and forced to live on the run. While Finn is about Chloe and Silvias comic mishapsand their brushes with real dangeron the road, its also a dark portrait of modern America, where smug suburbanites live minutes away from the wilderness of inner cities, and once-mighty rivers meander under superhighways.