“The World to Come” Book Talk & Signing | SF
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The Booksmith | 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
“Without a doubt the most ambitious story writer in America,” (The Daily Beast), Jim Shepard delivers a new collection. The World to Come spans borders and centuries, with voices belonging to — among others — English Arctic explorers in one of history’s most nightmarish expeditions, a young contemporary American negotiating the shockingly under-reported hazards of our crude-oil trains, eighteenth-century French balloonists inventing manned flight, and two mid-nineteenth-century housewives trying to forge a connection despite their isolation on the frontier of settlement. In each case the personal is the political as these characters face everything from the emotional pitfalls of everyday life to historic catastrophes on a global scale.
In his fifth collection, Shepard makes each of these wildly various worlds his own, and never before has he delineated anything like them so powerfully.