This Close

This Close

by Jessica Francis Kane
This Close

This Close

by Jessica Francis Kane


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This Close, a graceful, moving new collection by the author of The Report

*An NPR and Flavorwire Best Book of the Year *

How close can we come to love, success, happiness, forgiveness?

An older woman, irritated with her wealthy young neighbor's yard "improvements," offers a corner of her lawn to a Croatian immigrant who wants a vegetable garden. A recent college graduate living in New York City finds himself in a strangely entangled friendship with his dry cleaner and her son. A daughter accompanies her father to Israel, where, seeing a new side of him away from her mother, she makes an unusual bargain.

Through thirteen stories, some stand-alone, others woven with linked characters, Kane questions the tensions between friendship and neighborliness, home and travel, family and ambition. In writing filled with wit and humor and incredible poignancy, she deftly reveals the everyday patterns that, over time, can swerve a life off course.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555976361
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Jessica Francis Kane's first novel, The Report, was a Barnes & Noble Discover selection and a finalist for both the Center for Fiction's 2010 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and the Indie Booksellers' Choice Award. She is a contributor to The Morning News and lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Lucky Boy 1

American Lawn 17

Lesson 33

First Sale 35

Double Take 51

Night Class 73

Evidence of Old Repairs 75

The Essentials of Acceleration 95

Next in Line 115

The Stand-in 133

The Old Beginning 151

Local Birds 167

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