We've waited 18 years for master novelist Elizabeth McCracken's next book. Bowlaway is a singular and unforgettable read, bursting with memorable characters (and those characters' ofpsinrg0. Bertha Truitt wants to open a candlepin bowling alley — a particular kind of bowling with multiple small pins native to New England. She thinks certain problems can be, well, bowled away. The plot is great, but McCracken's writing is the star of this book.