Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to World’s Fair, The March, and
Homer & Langley, the fiction of E. L. Doctorow comprises a towering
achievement in modern American letters. Now Doctorow returns with an
enthralling collection of brilliant, startling short fiction about people who,
as the author notes in his Preface, are somehow “distinct from their
surroundings—people in some sort of contest with the prevailing world.”
man at the end of an ordinary workday, extracts himself from his
upper-middle-class life and turns to foraging in the same affluent suburb where
he once lived with his family.
college graduate takes a dishwasher’s job on a whim, and becomes entangled in a
criminal enterprise after agreeing to marry a beautiful immigrant for money.
husband and wife’s tense relationship is exacerbated when a stranger enters
their home and claims to have grown up there.
urbanite out on his morning run suspects that the city in which he’s lived all
his life has transmogrified into another city altogether.
are among the wide-ranging creations in this stunning collection, resonant with
the mystery, tension, and moral investigation that distinguish the fiction of
E. L. Doctorow. Containing six unforgettable stories that have never appeared
in book form, and a selection of previous Doctorow classics, All the Time in
the World affords us another opportunity to savor the genius of this
American master. Download and start listening now!