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In his debut story collection, Adam Haslett transports readers into the hearts and minds of characters who find themselves at profoundly life-transforming crossroads. In "Notes to my Biographer," we meet an aging father whose mind is consumed by what he believes is a beautiful, creative fire but which the rest of the world -- especially his gay son -- knows to be mental illness. In "The Good Doctor," a psychiatrist's determination to help a reluctant patient rejoin the world after the death of a child forces the doctor to examine his own needs and motivations. In "Reunion," a young man compelled to make the arrangements for his own impending death writes poignant letters to the father with whom he will soon be reunited. And in "Devotion," the upcoming visit of a former lover, combined with a secret kept for a lifetime, momentarily upsets a delicate balance in the lives of two siblings.
Haslett's exceptional and elegant command of both language and subject matter imbues his stories with a fervent honesty and powerful emotional intensity, moving readers from the suburbs of London to a Los Angeles beach community, from the desolate American West to the cliffs and cathedrals of Scotland. He paints arrestingly precise portraits of his characters, meticulously invoking the humor and pain that help us face important moments of decision and change. (Summer 2002 Selection)