Ah, Mr. Faber. Frances and Nick are on the rocks over children. But there’s a catch: Frances counsels kids who’ve witnessed the classroom murder of a previous teacher by an angry husband. God, bored and dreaming, can’t decide if earth is his favorite toy. A family in a fictitious developing nation suffers from “compassion fatigue.” Miss Thinne is dying of cancer while Miss Fatt, bulimic, is true to her name. Janet and Kif Kif live where dry land has disappeared. Margo, whose grandmother is gravely ill, seeks a waste disposal grant from NASA. Faber milks small and large miracles from news reports, sublimely vexing all convention.