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Dale Peck earned accolades for his 1993 fiction debut, Martin and John, but his new The Law of Enclosures adheres to the law of second novels: near-unanimous critical disappointment. But give the guy a break—he isn’t even 30 yet. Enclosures—a harrowing story of a 40-year marriage, bisected by Peck’s account of his own mother’s death when he was 3 years old—weighs the pain of disease and the pain, intentional and otherwise, that people inflict on one another. The author reads at 6 p.m. at Lambda Rising, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 462-6969. (Nathalie op de Beeck)