Scott O'Connor's novels have been hailed as "astonishing" (Library Journal), and "so insistently stirring, you want to lean in close to catch every word" (New York Times Book Review). Now, from the author of Untouchable and Half World comes A Perfect Universe, a piercingly emotional cycle of stories in the tradition of Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad and Annie Proulx's Close Range. Welcome to the often-overlooked corners of sun-bleached Los Angeles, where a teenaged bicycle thief searches for a kidnapped boy, a young musician emerges as the lone survivor of a building collapse, and an aging actor faces the erasure of his past. There, far from the Hollywood spotlight, we also meet two sisters locked in a destructive cycle of memory and illness, coffee-shop regulars whose lives are torn apart by a stunning moment of violence, and the desperate, fraudulent writer whose fictions connect these unforgettable characters in subtle and surprising ways. Sharply observed, exhilaratingly paced, and beautifully written, A Perfect Universe is a masterful exploration of growing up and growing old, loss and longing, identity and deception, and the search for redemption, humanity, and grace.
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"This selection of ten stories set in Los Angeles but outside the Hollywood glamour is simply excellent. Narrators Bronson Pinchot and ThŽrse Plummer are both captivating in their own right, bringing to life the finer points of the psychology of the characters--from the sole survivor of a building collapse to the sisters whose paths diverge, one to a successful career in screenwriting and the other to mental illness and institutionalization. The narrations of both Pinchot and Plummer are nuanced, well considered, and tailored to each of the very human and complex characters. This narrative attention to detail brings the writing in these touching stories to life, complementing the author's imagination and adding greater dimensionality. S.E.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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