Here's the start of Emily Barton's review of Jim Crace's new book "The Pesthouse":
JIM CRACE is among the most inventive writers working in English today, a talent that was recognized when he won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2000 for "Being Dead." "Quarantine," about Jesus' sojourn in the desert, and "Continent," a series of linked stories concerning a fictional continent, are among my favorite books by living authors, chiefly because of the breadth of Crace's creative intelligence. Although his writing can be uneven at times — "Arcadia" and "Genesis" leave me cold — a mind that could conceive of "The Gift of Stones," which dramatizes the transition from Stone Age to Bronze Age, is a unique and brilliant one.
Gift Of Stones