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The World to Come

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The World to Come by Jim Shepard
  • Hardcover $25.95

    Feb 21, 2017 | 272 Pages

  • Ebook $12.99

    Feb 21, 2017 | 272 Pages

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“Like Alice Munro, Shepard has a knack for compressing a novel’s worth of life into thirty or forty pages. . . . It all adds up to a peculiar yet arresting vision, as Shepard lets you see a startling variety of dangers and conundrums through the eyes of characters who, poignantly or even despairingly, can’t quite summon the humanity that’s hidden away in them.”—Michael Upchurch, The Boston Globe
“An outrageously versatile and gifted fiction writer, Shepard continues his original, precise exploration of times and places long ago and far, far away. . . . Shepard’s project is always to push toward that sense of wonder and the ‘high hopefulness’ of purpose that ordinary people have always brought to the project of living—to give us through fiction a sense of profound empathy that the historical record alone cannot. He most stunningly succeeds.”—Lisa Zeidner, The Washington Post
“[An] American master.”—O, The Oprah Magazine
“In ten exceptionally powerful tales of courageous responsibility and criminal indifference set in the past and present, Shepard creates various states of emergency [with] wit and compassion. . . . Throughout this masterful, profoundly involving collection, Shepard elucidates with stirring precision the emotions of characters ambushed by terrifying powers beyond their control, whether a blizzard or an earthquake, the death of a child, or forbidden love.”—Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)
“A writer who defies categorization…a stylist whose fictional expansiveness underscores his singularity.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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