Shalom Auslander's novel certainly does its best to shock, featuring as it does an aging Anne Frank living in squalor in an attic, but perhaps the most disquieting thing about this book is how it feels like a mildly outré version of one of Woody Allen's early comedy pieces rather than a boundary-pushing provocation. Initially I found the humour in the book somewhat irritating (the author has a habit. of breaking up sentences. to make them seem funny. it's not.) but having stuck with it I warmed to it somewhat.