Gold Award, Independent Publisher Book Awards
Finalist, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year
This book explores the discrepancy between the haves and the have-nots at the end of the 20th century in America, a time of stock-market boom and working-class bust. "Colbert's words are like magic...it is her brilliant exploration of that no-man s land between what we desire and what we must live without that defines Colbert's deep empathy for her characters," writes fiction writer Kim Barnes in her advance praise of the book. Author Madison Smartt Bell writes that this "new episodic novel-in-stories is a jewel in both its form and its feeling, with layers of image and meaning as intricately patterned as the dust on a butterfly's wing."
Jaimee Wriston Colbert is also the author of Climbing the God Tree (winner of the Willa Cather Award in Fiction), and Sex, Salvation, and the Automobile (winner of the Zephyr Prize in Fiction). Her fiction has appeared in such journals as TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, and New Letters. Originally from Hawai'i, she now teaches at SUNY-Binghamton University.
Resonant and lyrical tales of the dangers and frustrations of life at all ages. —Kirkus Reviews One Gerard character says that “childhood is a dangerous country, and not all of us...
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