Chaon unimpressed with Leslie Schwartz’s sophomore effort

Dan Chaon argues that Leslie Schwartz’s Angels Crest is “combustibly sentimental material, often dangerously close to soap-opera,” and says Schwartz:

whose excellent first novel, Jumping the Green, was a bracing, intense exploration of sex, guilt and grief among the San Francisco art set, finds herself on less secure footing in her portrayal of these small-town folks. Many of the potentially intriguing characters have a predigested quality, and the ferocity and wit that Schwartz displayed in her first book is muted, doused by the sheer earnestness of her characters.