By Bret Anthony Johnson
From an acclaimed and award-winning younger author comes an intensely relocating debut assortment set within the eye of life's storms. In Corpus Christi, Texas--a city frequently hit through hurricanes-- mom and dad, youngsters, and fans come jointly and crumble, bonded and battered through thoughts of loss that they consider as acutely as actual ache.
A automobile twist of fate joins strangers associated via an intimate wisdom of insanity. A teenage boy recollects his father's act of surprising and self-righteous violence. A "hurricane party" reunites a pair whom tragedy parted. And, in an unforgettable three-story cycle, an disease units in profound aid a man's dating along with his mom and the ordinary, transferring constancy of fact to love.
Told in clean, lyrical voices and taut, artistic kinds, those narratives discover the complicated volatility of affection and intimacy, sorrow and renewal--and reveal how frequently those stories consider just like the contrary of themselves. From the lady whose younger son's uncanny rapport with snakes illuminates her personal neglected possibilities to the fellow confronting his spouse and her lover in a home packed with unlawful unique birds, all of the characters right here face moments of profound determination and popularity during which no selection is obviously or thoroughly right.
Writing with difficult humor, deep humanity, and a prepared eye for the ordinary atmosphere, Bret Anthony Johnston creates a global the place the place cataclysmic occasions reduce humans free from their "regular lives, floating and spiraling clear of the place we have been the day before." Corpus Christi is a terribly bold debut. It marks the coming of an immense, exquisitely gifted voice to American fiction.
From the Hardcover edition.