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A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth: Stories

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the California Book Award
Winner of the Northern California Book Award


"Unique and beguiling... A treasure trove of lush scene setting in faraway times and places." —Alexis Burling, San Francisco Chronicle

Library Journal Best Book of 2020

On a fateful flight, a balloonist makes a discovery that changes her life forever. A telegraph operator finds an unexpected companion in the middle of the Amazon. A doctor is beset by seizures, in which he is possessed by a second, perhaps better, version of himself. And in Regency London, a bare-knuckle fighter prepares to face his most fearsome opponent, while a young mother seeks a miraculous cure for her ailing son.

At times funny and irreverent, always moving and deeply urgent, these stories—among them a National Magazine Award and a Pushcart Prize winner—cap a fifteen-year project. From the Nile's depths to the highest reaches of the atmosphere, from volcano-racked islands to an asylum on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, these are tales of ecstasy, epiphany, and what the New York Times Magazine called the "struggle for survival . . . hand to hand, word to word," by "one of the finest prose stylists in American fiction."

Daniel Mason is a physician and the author of the novels The Piano Tuner, A Far Country, and The Winter Soldier. His work has been translated into twenty-eight languages and adapted for opera and theater. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, he is currently a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Stanford University, where he teaches courses in the humanities and medicine.

ISBN: 9780316477635

ISBN-10: 9780316477635

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Publication Date: 05/05/2020 - 12:00am

On Sale: 05/05/2020 - 12:00am

Pages: 240

Language: English

Categories

Fiction / Short Stories (single author)

Fiction / Literary

Fiction / Historical

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