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The first work of long fiction from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright—a tour de force of memory, mystery, death, and life.
 

This searing, extraordinarily evocative narrative opens with a man in his house at dawn, surrounded by aspens, coyotes cackling in the distance as he quietly navigates the distance between present and past. More and more, memory is overtaking him: in his mind he sees himself in a movie-set trailer, his young face staring back at him in a mirror surrounded by light bulbs. In his dreams and in visions he sees his late father—sometimes in miniature, sometimes flying planes, sometimes at war. By turns, he sees the bygone America of his childhood: the farmland and the feedlots, the railyards and the diners—and, most hauntingly, his father's young girlfriend, with whom he also became involved, setting into motion a tragedy that has stayed with him. His complex interiority is filtered through views of mountains and deserts as he drives across the country, propelled by jazz, benzedrine, rock and roll, and a restlessness born out of exile. The rhythms of theater, the language of poetry, and a flinty humor combine in this stunning meditation on the nature of experience, at once celebratory, surreal, poignant, and unforgettable.


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  • Shepard is a master of conflicting emotions and haunting regrets, and—graced with a forward by Patti Smith (M Train, 2015)—this is a ravishing tale of deep-dark cosmic humor, complex tragedy, and self-inflicted exile. Booklist (starred review)
  • An elegiac amble through blowing dust and greasy spoons, the soundtrack the whine of truck engines and the howl of coyotes. . . . It's a story to read not for the inventiveness of its plot but for its just-right language and images: ‘Nothing but the constant sound of cattle bawling as though their mothers were eternally lost.’ . . . Atmospheric and precisely observed, very much of a piece with Shepard's other work. Kirkus Reviews
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