This week’s featured title is Degenerative Realism: Novel and Nation in Twenty-First-Century France, by Christy Wampole. A new strain of realism has emerged in France. The novels that embody it represent diverse fears—immigration and demographic change, radical Islam, feminism, new technologies, globalization, American capitalism, and the European Union—but these books, often best-sellers, share crucial affinities. In a time of widespread populist anxieties over the perceived decline of the French nation, this book diagnoses the literary symptoms of today’s reactionary revival. Check back tomorrow for a Q&A with Wampole, and on Wednesday to read an excerpt from the book.