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ISBN: 9780385335775
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Dial Press - April 22nd, 2014

From the author of the beloved novel The Giant’s House—finalist
for the National Book Award—comes a beautiful new story collection, her
first in twenty years. Laced through with the humor, the empathy, and
the rare and magical descriptive powers that have led Elizabeth
McCracken’s fiction to be hailed as “exquisite” (The New York Times Book Review), “funny and heartbreaking” (The Boston Globe), and “a true marvel” (San Francisco Chronicle),
these nine vibrant stories navigate the fragile space between love and
loneliness. In “Property,” selected by Geraldine Brooks for The Best American Short Stories,
a young scholar, grieving the sudden death of his wife, decides to
refurbish the Maine rental house they were to share together by removing
his landlord’s possessions. In “Peter Elroy: A Documentary by Ian
Casey,” the household of a successful filmmaker is visited years later
by his famous first subject, whose trust he betrayed. In “The Lost &
Found Department of Greater Boston,” the manager of a grocery store
becomes fixated on the famous case of a missing local woman, and on the
fate of the teenage son she left behind. And in the unforgettable title
story, a family makes a quixotic decision to flee to Paris for a summer,
only to find their lives altered in an unimaginable way by their
teenage daughter’s risky behavior.

In Elizabeth McCracken’s
universe, heartache is always interwoven with strange, charmed moments
of joy—an unexpected conversation with small children, the gift of a
parrot with a bad French accent—that remind us of the wonder and mystery
of being alive. Thunderstruck & Other Stories shows this inimitable writer working at the full height of her powers.