A collection of short stories, all first person, that skips across a mad range -- an arm-hungry bobcat, Soviet history, the Ninth Ward of New Orleans mid-Katrina, infidelity, plagiarism, the vicious work of preparing a great terrine for a Manhattan dinner party. What I love about Lee's stories is the way she infuses these layered lives/ ideas/history, with humor and vulnerability. She's really good.— Kathy
Rebecca Lee, one of our most gifted and original short story writers, guides readers into a range of landscapes, both foreign and domestic, crafting stories as rich as novels. A student plagiarizes a paper and holds fast to her alibi until she finds herself complicit in the resurrection of one professor's shadowy past. A dinner party becomes the occasion for the dissolution of more than one marriage. A woman is hired to find a wife for the one true soulmate she's ever found. In all, Rebecca Lee traverses the terrain of infidelity, obligation, sacrifice, jealousy, and yet finally, optimism. Showing people at their most vulnerable, Lee creates characters so wonderfully flawed, so driven by their desire, so compelled to make sense of their human condition, that it's impossible not to feel for them when their fragile belief in romantic love, domestic bliss, or academic seclusion fails to provide them with the sort of force field they'd expected.
“[W]ith deadpan humor, Lee’s light touch illuminates the contrasts in everyday life—warmth and cold, past and present, beauty and terror—imbuing her realistic tales with quiet depth.” —Bust "Astonishing prose . . . This fresh, provocative collection, peerless in its vehement elucidation of contemporary foibles, is not to be missed."--Publishers Weekly, starred review"Lee covers a wide terrain in only seven stories, touching on fidelity, sacrifice, jealousy, and obligation, with stories that often dial out slowly from tightly-focused beginnings."--PublishersWeekly.com, "Best Summer Books 2013" list"A shining example of furious and smart writing." - LibraryJournal.com