On Sale: March 5, 2019
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An inventive story collection that spans the globe as it
explores love, childhood, and parenthood with an electric
mix of humor and emotion.
Acclaimed for the grace, wit, and magic of her novels,
Ramona Ausubel introduces us to a geography both fantastic
and familiar in eleven new stories, some of them previously
published in The New Yorker and The Paris
Review. Elegantly structured, these stories span the
globe and beyond, from small-town America and sunny
Caribbean islands to the Arctic Ocean and the very gates of
Heaven itself. And though some of the stories are steeped in
mythology, they remain grounded in universal experiences:
loss of identity, leaving home, parenthood, joy, and longing.
Crisscrossing the pages of Awayland are travelers and
expats, shadows and ghosts. A girl watches as her homesick
mother slowly dissolves into literal mist. The mayor of a
small Midwestern town offers a strange prize, for stranger
reasons, to the parents of any baby born on Lenin's
birthday. A chef bound for Mars begins an even more
treacherous journey much closer to home. And a lonely heart
searches for love online--never mind that he's a Cyclops.
With her signature tenderness, Ramona Ausubel applies a
mapmaker's eye to landscapes both real and imagined, all the
while providing a keen guide to the wild, uncharted terrain
of the human heart.
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