On Sale: June 7, 2016
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Rebecca Makkai’s first two novels, The Borrower and
The Hundred-Year House, have established her as one
of the freshest and most imaginative voices in fiction. Now,
the award-winning writer, whose stories have appeared in
four consecutive editions of The Best American Short
Stories, returns with a highly anticipated collection
bearing her signature mix of intelligence, wit, and
A reality show producer manipulates two
contestants into falling in love, even as her own
relationship falls apart. Just after the fall of the Berlin
Wall, a young boy has a revelation about his father’s past
when a renowned Romanian violinist plays a concert in their
home. When the prized elephant of a traveling circus keels
over dead, the small-town minister tasked with burying its
remains comes to question his own faith. In an unnamed
country, a composer records the folk songs of two women from
a village on the brink of destruction.
transporting, deeply moving stories—some inspired by her own
family history—amply demonstrate Makkai’s extraordinary
range as a storyteller, and confirm her as a master of the
short story form.
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