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The design of Mark Z. Danielewski’s latest novel, Only Revolutions, practically dares you to figure out how to read the damn thing: Narratives run upside-down and right-side up, O’s and zeros are printed in green and gold, and sidebars list moments from 140-odd years of world history, from massacres to Super Bowl matchups. The story itself, though, is fairly uncomplicated: Two 16-year-olds, Sam and Hailey, fall in love and travel across the country, from New Hope, Pa., to rural Montana. They’re almost perpetually driving—to evoke the sweep of history, the brand of car keeps changing, from a Model T to a Chrysler Concorde—and Danielewski’s abstracted prose constantly suggests movement and rotation. (Nobody “dies” in the book; they “go.”) Anybody who prefers their stories told straight can easily dismiss the novel as a dadaist version of “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” but the book’s Beat-like rhythms can be a joy to sink into. Danielewski discusses and signs copies of his work at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 1307 19th St. NW. Free. (202) 785-1133.