A collection of truly brilliant short stories, each depicting the deeply personal experience of a universal or historical event. Momentous fiction from the best American writer of his generation.
A group of housewives smoke cigars and play cards whilst a tornado approaches a west Texas town. An Asian-American medic bicycles through the Vietnam countryside with her husband and son and returns to the spot where she once held dying soldiers. Or a young rockabilly aficionado prepares for a date in a Ukranian village close to Chenobyl. The words of Beatles songs sung in a Cambodian work camp. Cullin's ability is to miraculously create moments of true pathos which distill important human experience into a single hair-raising image. Cullin has received the Stony Brook Short Fiction Award and this collection has been compared with David Mitchell's Ghostwritten.
Every time he focuses on the one character who can best tell of a larger tragedy. He finds the perfect narrator... brave, highly imagined fiction writing. - THE GUARDIAN - TODD MCEWEN