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The acclaimed and explosive debut short story collection by the Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction 2013

* By the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2013 and the EFG/Sunday Times Best Short Story Award 2014

* 'An idiosyncratic and compelling voice' Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

An ATF raid, a moonshot gone wrong, a busload of female cancer victims determined to live life to the fullest - these are some of the compelling themes explored in this funny, sad, brilliantly bizarre debut collection. A lovesick teenage Cajun girl, a gay astrophysicist, a teenage sniper on Los Angeles police payroll, a post apocalyptic bulletproof-vest salesman - each seeks connection and meaning in landscapes made uncertain by the voids parents and lovers should fill.


Adam Johnson's stories capture youth's torque, its weird braid of exhilaration and loneliness. Except there's nothing humdrum here. Each of Johnson's fantasies, each peculiar landscape, glows hot with imagination


Masterful ... beautifully crafted ... achingly poignant ... cleverly funny

San Francisco Chronicle

Johnson's audacious work blows the covers off the short story and leaves the genre newly invigorated

Chicago Tribune

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 1, 2014

    Black Swan

    288 pages

    RRP $26.99

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  • EBook


    May 1, 2014

    Transworld Digital

    288 pages

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