When Joseph Anton came out in hardcover in the fall of 2012, I tore through it like a thriller. And it is a thriller, an all-too-real one that revisits the decade that Rushdie spent in hiding after a fatwa was issued against him. In the face of death threats, smears against his character and anxiety about his family’s safety, Rushdie never wavered in his belief in free speech. Joseph Anton is an important and fascinating memoir.
I will probably never stop talking about this book. I don’t want to say anything about the plot, because it’s best enjoyed knowing as little as possible going in. So I’ll just tell you that I tore through it, and that Karen Joy Fowler is a master at building a story layer by layer, line by line. You won’t know what hit you by the end, and I mean that in the best way.