Mark Haddon’s Porpoise Is an Epic Hero’s Tale Buoyed by Its Heroines

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The Porpoise opens with action. The new novel from Mark Haddon, whose 2003 hit The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was the basis for a Tony-winning play, begins with Maja, pregnant wife of the superwealthy Philippe, going down in a small plane in rough weather. Her life is lost, but the baby is saved. "He will call her Angelica. He will never remember the name he and Maja chose.

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