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Circumnavigation (edition 1997)
Circumnavigation by Steve Lattimore
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0395926211, Paperback)A New York Times Notable Book and a Pen / Hemingway Award Finalist Here is the underside of contemporary western America, marked by alienation, hope, and redemption. In the title story, a precocious child is left in the care of a man who refuses to claim responsibility even for himself. "Between Angels" involves Abe, Lou, Mookie, the Ark if the Covenant, and a full-body shave, all in a seriocomic search for God. According to Thom Jones, author of The Pugilist at Rest, this is "one of the most exciting collections that has come along in a while."
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In a remarkably fluid collection of stories, Steve Lattimore captures the underside of contemporary western America. In the title story, an odd, precocious child is left in the care of a man who refuses to claim responsibility even for himself. Not until his codependent ex-wife takes an interest in the boy does he begin to assume control over his life. In "Separate States" a bitter young girl sorts through her convoluted parentage and her own anger to find that home is where the heart is. "Between Angels" follows Abe, Lou, and Mookie in a serio-comic search for God - involving the Ark of the Covenant and a full-body shave - that reaches a shocking conclusion within the confines of a Fresno warehouse. Mapped against a landscape of disarray, where both the physical and the emotional run turbulent courses, Lattimore's stories are about heroic rescues. His characters - alienated, destitute, guided by faith or hunches - stand on the brink of revelation, stumbling toward redemption.
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