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The new book from one of the most prizewinning young writers in the US -- nine dazzling interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war and the redemptive power of art
ANTHONY MARRA is the author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (2013), which in the US won the National Book Critics Circle's inaugural John Leonard Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, and the Barnes and Noble Fiction Discover Award and appeared on more than twenty Books of the Year lists. Internationally it won prizes including the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle in France and the Athens Prize for Literature in Greece. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a Guggenheim Fellow and Whiting Award recipient, Marra lives in Oakland, California, and teaches at Stanford University. Visit http-//anthonymarra.net/.
"Shares much with David Mitchell's expansive Cloud Atlas, and it wears its blend of dry humour and tragedy very well... impressive" -- Observer * Ben East * "This book will burn itself into your heart. It's a collection of interlocking short stories that stand alone but also fit together, piece by delicate piece, to form an astonishing whole... It's funny, moving and beautiful" * New York Times * "Masterful ... mesmerising ... Like Nabokov, Marra is a writer for whom essential truths are found in detail... The nine interlocking stories grip from the off with their dry tone and meticulously realised worlds of totalitarian life and its aftermath" -- Sarah Gilmartin * Irish Times * "Gripping... painful and powerful, with welcome flashes of ironic humour, too" -- John Sunyer * Financial Times * "Marra creates an unnerving story of a world, then and now, dominated by untouchable authorities that operate at every social level... a writer of intelligence, wit and sensitivity, adept at telling stories that entertain but also create the sensation that they are not so strange as fiction" -- George Berridge * Times Literary Supplement *