Powell’s Indiespensible #26: Katie Arnold-Ratliff - Bright Before Us
The Powell’s/Tin House collaboration. This one is going to be awesome. Besides the novel itself there is a preview of Wire to Wire by Scott Sparling, a little Tin House notebook, and my favorite inclusion, the Moby Dick in Pictures postcards (unfortunately I think the blog is down because of the upcoming release in October). This novel’s been getting a ton of press, and I’m excited to have gotten my hands on it. From the inside flap:
“Facing the prospect of fatherhood, disillusioned by his fledgling teaching career, and mourning the loss of a former relationship, Francis Mason is a prisoner of his past mistakes. When his second-grade class discovers a dead body during a field trip to San Francisco beach, Francis spirals into unbearable grief and all-consuming paranoia. As his behavior grows increasingly erratic, and tensions arise with the school principal and the parents of his students, he faces the familiar urge to flee - a choice that forces him to confront the character weaknesses that have shattered his life again and again, and to accept the wrenching truth about the past he’s never been able to move beyond.”
Such nice presentation. Thanks for sharing!