Ranging over the American continent from Alaska to Washington, D.C., these superb short works are crafted with all the weight and resonance of the novels for which E. L. Doctorow is famous. You will find yourself set down in a mysterious redbrick townhouse in rural Illinois (âA House on the Plainsâ), working things out with a baby-kidnapping couple in California (âBaby Wilsonâ), living on a religious-cult commune in Kansas (âWalter John Harmonâ), and sharing the heartrending cross-country journey of a young woman navigating her way through three bad marriages to a kind of bruised but resolute independence (âJolene: A Lifeâ). And in the stunning âChild, Dead, in the Rose Garden,â you will witness a special agent of the FBI finding himself at a personal crossroads while investigating a grave breach of White House security.
Two of these stories have already won awards as the best fiction of the year published in American periodicals, and two have been chosen for annual best-story anthologies.
Composed in a variety of moods and voices, these remarkable portrayals of the American spiritual landscape show a modern master at the height of his powers.
About: An assortment of short fiction ranges across America, from Alaska to the District of Columbia, as it explores the complexities of modern life in such stories as 'Jolene: a Life,' 'A House on the Plains,' 'Baby Wilson,' and 'Walter John Harmon.
About: An assortment of short fiction ranges across America, from Alaska to the District of Columbia, as it explores the complexities of modern life in such stories as 'Jolene: a life,' 'A House on the Plains,' 'Baby Wilson,' and 'Walter John Harmon.
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