ISBN-10: 0393292282

ISBN-13: 9780393292282

ISBN-10: 1684412102

ISBN-13: 9781684412105

A searing, poignantly rendered choice of tales chronicling the lives of normal humans scuffling with the forces of affection and loss, from "one of the good unsung writers of our time" (Colum McCann).

In fifteen fantastically wrought stories—ranging from occupied Czechoslovakia to California’s primary Valley to the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest—Mark Slouka explores moments in lifestyles while our again is to the wall. probably the most forceful American writers of his iteration, Slouka captures the intensity and emotional diversity of an array of characters—from a tender boy trying to defend his father from painful thoughts in "The Hare’s masks" to a lonely guy whose cherished puppy inexplicably starts to sprout razor blades from her epidermis in "Dog."

Whether fighting the tip of hope, the actual fact of injustice, or loss of life itself, the lads and ladies in those tales are doing every little thing attainable to tighten their grip on existence. In "Crossing," a father hoping to atone for his mess ups reveals himself dealing with his prior whereas fording a river together with his younger son on his again; in "Conception," a tender couple frozen through the potential finish in their marriage is obtainable an unforeseen long ago; in "Half-Life," a proud, getting older shut-in reveals her get to the bottom of proven through a rare customer made up our minds to shatter her solitude.

Like its name, All that's Left Is All That Matters consoles us with life’s smooth humor and unforeseen moments of redemption within the face of heartbreak, tragedy, and dislocation.

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