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Maria RussoIn this fine new collection, Bausch presents us with young people and old people; married, single and divorced people; straight and gay people; professional and blue-collar people; and people who are simply layabouts. They make bad choices, occasionally even deadly choices, because they can't help themselves—and because the universe is full of peril and temptation. But some of them pause to realize that beauty and honor are also within reach. They all circle around a disturbing truth: that the power we have to shape our own lives can be as terrifying as it is liberating…Nineteen books into his career, [Bausch] seems determined to keep witnessing an array of human sorrows with compassion and an admirable steadiness. Again and again, he excavates the darkest corners of his characters' lives without giving in to despair.
—The New York Times