FICTION / Literary

Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories

<i>Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories,/i> spans the globe, taking us from Belfast to Brazil, Morocco to Manhattan. The teenaged daughter of an IRA assassin flees Northern Ireland only to end up in Baby Doc’s terrifying Haiti. An American woman who’s betrayed her brother only to lose him to a Taliban bullet comes face to face with her demons during a vacation in Morocco. A famed photojournalist must find a way to bring her life’s work to closure before she goes blind, a quest that changes her understanding of the very physics of light.

By turns innocent and canny, the characters of <i>Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories</i> must learn to improvise—quickly—when confronted with stark choices they never dreamed they’d have to make. Lyrical, immaculately constructed and deeply felt, these nine stories take us far beyond our comfort zones and deep into the wilds of the human heart.

“Night in Erg Chebbi is a stunner. A marvelous book about the natural world and the human landscapes of resilience, grief, and love.”

— Katherine Hill, author, The Violet Hour
“This is a beautifully written and politically astute collection.”

— National Book Award finalist Jim Shepard

“The stories in Night in Erg Chebbi are sweeping and intimate and awesomely confident of their own effects. Each story here is a world in miniature, illuminated by the flashbulb bursts of Hamlin’s luminous, controlled prose.”

— Pulitzer Prize finalist Karen Russell

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A Dead End in Vegas

A desperate wife in Denver aims for payback on her cheating husband by crafting a devious scheme. But will it work?

Tricia Sloan meets hot professor Joe Daggett on Facebook, and the pair begin a torrid Internet affair. A few months later they plan a romantic tryst in Las Vegas. She shows up, but he doesn't. After a few suspenseful days, Joe sends a buddy, Al Posey, who lives in Vegas, to take her to dinner. Tricia, now humiliated by both her husband and her lover, ends up in bed with Al. Two days later, her nude, lifeless body is found in bed by a maid at the Bellagio.

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Professionally ruined, morally bankrupt and reflexively snarky, psychiatrist Derek Verbenk is a f*ck-up by even his own measure. Major errors in judgment have sentenced the once ambitious doctor to a career handing out prescriptions to rich housewives from his home office in Cherry Creek — until a superpowered new patient turns Verbenk's life upside down and his soul inside out. Romping through Denver, breaking through barriers of privacy, social isolation and even politics, Transference is an odd-couple quest toward redemption full of wicked humor and radical honesty.

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The Pull of the Earth

A family's dark secrets are at the root of this rich novel set in rural Illinois. Alternating between the mysterious past and the unsettled present day, a father and son contend—individually—with complicated loyalties to parents, friends, lovers, and the land itself. What can a young man do? This is the central question of a complex story about love and obligation.

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Accidental Child

ACCIDENTAL CHILD, my debut novel! In which survivors of disastrous climate change have built a community in an old shopping mall, where clan hierarchy determines work, allocates food and controls the right to bear children. Rose Donahue falls through time into this arid future and must adapt or risk death trying to return to her former life where she had a lover, a young daughter and a beagle named Otis.

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