Fiction. Readers enter a narrative rabbit hole through bedtime stories that Mr. Fin, a man with dementia, conjures for his long-lost son. Virginia the Wolf writes her last novel to lure her daughter home. A rabbit named Hart Crane must eat words to speak, while passing zeppelins drop bombs. Mr. Fin tries to read the past in marginalia and to rebuild his son from boat parts. The haunting fables in this lyrical first novel trace the fictions that make and unmake us.
"In LITTLE IS LEFT TO TELL one scene is quietly illuminated and then that illumination glides to the next, equally quiet and wondrous. Like a dream that inhabits an entire life, even a life of reading, this is a deeply rich and surprising novel."-Amina Cain
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About the Author
Steven Hendricks lives in Olympia, Wa. with his wife and two children. He teaches writing and book arts at The Evergreen State College. His work has appeared in The Denver Quarterly (2000), Conjunctions (2001), Fold: The Reader ( 2002), and THE ENCYCLOPEDIA PROJECT VOL. 3 (Sidebrow, forthcoming). He earned his MFA in Writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. LITTLE IS LEFT TO TELL is his first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Read this book when you hunger for wonder, or if ever your very adult world seems a bit too dark and practical to suspend belief. This book tells us many stories. I fell hard for Fin, a retired professor battling the twin losses of both his once organized and brilliant mind as well as the loss of his beloved son David. To cope, Fin retreats into stories once told, or perhaps simply dreamed, of rabbits and bears and flying trees and zeppelins called elephants that grind up entire cities in their mechanical bowels. My favorite parts of this book were those that described to me this other world of Fin and David's imagining. I haven't lived in such a richly imagined second world since reading Dianne Wynne Jones' "Howl's Moving Castle". This book well-suits thinking adults seeking a little fantastical reverie.