On a fateful flight, a balloonist makes a discovery that changes her life forever. A telegraph operator finds an unexpected companion in the middle of the Amazon. A doctor is beset by seizures, in which he is possessed by a second, perhaps better, version of himself. And in Regency London, a bare-knuckle fighter prepares to face his most fearsome opponent, while a young mother seeks a miraculous cure for her ailing son.
At times funny and irreverent, always moving and deeply urgent, these stories—among them a National Magazine Award and a Pushcart Prize winner—cap a fifteen-year project. From the Nile's depths to the highest reaches of the atmosphere, from volcano-racked islands to an asylum on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, these are tales of ecstasy, epiphany, and what the New York Times Magazine called the "struggle for survival . . . hand to hand, word to word," by "one of the finest prose stylists in American fiction."
A Library Journal Best Book of 2020
|Little, Brown and Company
|5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
About the Author
Table of Contents
Death of the Pugilist, or The Famous Battle of Jacob Burke & Blindman McGraw 5
The Ecstasy of Alfred Russel Wallace 39
For the Union Dead 59
The Second Doctor Service 81
The Miraculous Discovery of Psammetichus I 101
On Growing Ferns and Other Plants in Glass Cases, in the Midst of the Smoke of London 119
The Line Agent Pascal 149
On the Cause of Winds and Waves, &c 171
A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth 203