From the author of THE LOST LANGUAGE OF CRANES, EQUAL AFFECTIONS and THE PAGE TURNER, a collection of short stories which tell of middle-class America, and the lives of its people.
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award
“Brilliantly written.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Astonishing—funny, eloquent, and wise.” —New York Times
“A most impressive entrance into contemporary fiction.” —Associated Press
Leavitt has a knack for exposing the underside of family relations. Many of his stories focus on husbands who leave their wives, but just as many focus on the effect these family disputes have on the children. Overall, these stories will leave you with a feeling of sadness -- he touches many nerves from cancer to men coming to terms with their sexuality, to abandoned sisters and brothers. I think Leavitt is a very sensitive writer with an eye for the problems that plague 20th century families.