One of America’s premier writers, the bestselling author of Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, The Book of
Daniel, and World’s Fair turns
his astonishing narrative powers to the short story in five dazzling
explorations of who we are as a people and how we live.
Ranging over the American continent from Alaska to
Washington, DC, 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 (“A
House on the Plains”), working things out with a baby-kidnapping couple in
California (“Baby Wilson”), living on a religious-cult commune in Kansas
(“Walter John Harmon”), 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 (“Jolene: A Life”). And in the stunning “Child, Dead,
in the Rose Garden,” you will witness a special agent of the FBI finding
himself at a personal crossroads while investigating a grave breach of White
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. Download and start listening now!