Passion and betrayal, violent desperation, ambivalent love
that hinges on hatred, and the quest for acceptance by those who stand on the
edge of society—these are the hard-hitting themes of a stunningly crafted first
collection of stories by the bestselling author of House of Sand and Fog.
In the title story, a vigilant young man working in a
halfway house finds himself unable to defend against the rage of one of the
inmates. In “White Trees, Hammer Moon,” a man soon to leave home for prison
finds himself as unprepared for a family camping trip in the mountains of New
Hampshire as he has been for most things in his life. And in “Forky,”
an ex-con is haunted by the punishment he receives just as he is being released
into the world.
With an incisive ability to inhabit the lives of his
characters, Dubus travels deep into the heart of the elusive American dream.
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