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Keith Corcoran has spent his entire life preparing to be an astronaut. At the moment of his greatness, finally aboard the International Space Station, hundreds of miles above the earths swirling blue surface, he receives word that his sixteen-year-old daughter has died in a car accident, and that his wife has left him. Returning to earth, and to his now empty suburban home, he is alone with the ghosts, the memories and feelings he can barely acknowledge, let alone process. He is a mathematical genius, a brilliant engineer, a famous astronaut, but nothing in his life has readied him for this.

With its endless interlocking culs-de-sac, big box stores, and vast parking lots, contemporary suburbia is not a promising place to recover from such trauma. But healing begins through new relationships, never Keiths strength, first as a torrid affair with one neighbor, and then as an unlikely friendship with another, a Ukrainian immigrant who every evening lugs his battered telescope to the weed-choked vacant lot at the end of the street. Gazing up at the heavens together, drinking beer and smoking pot, the two men share their vastly different experiences and slowly reveal themselves to each other, until Keith can begin to confront his loss and begin to forgive himself for decades of only half-living. The Infinite Tides is a deeply moving, tragicomic, and ultimately redemptive story of love, loss, and resilience. It is also an indelible and nuanced portrait of modern American life that renders both our strengths and weaknesses with great and tender beauty.

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What happens when an astronaut returns to earth to find it's not the stable ground he knew?

Synopsis:

What happens when an astronaut returns to earth to find it's not the stable ground he knew?

Synopsis:

Set in depleted, post-recession suburbia, with its endlessly interlocking cul-de-sacs, mega-parking lots and big box stores, The Infinite Tides tells the story of star astronaut Keith Corcoran's return to earth. Keith comes home from a lengthy mission aboard the International Space Station to find his wife and daughter gone, and a house completely empty of furniture, as if Odysseus had returned to Ithaca to find that everyone he knew had forgotten about him and moved on.

Keith is a mathematical and engineering genius, but he is ill equipped to understand what has happened to him, and how he has arrived at the center of such vacancy. Then, he forges an unlikely friendship with a neighboring Ukrainian immigrant, and slowly begins to reconnect with the world around him. As the two men share their vastly different personal and professional experiences, they paint an indelible and nuanced portrait of modern American life. The result is a deeply moving, tragicomic and ultimately redemptive story of love, loss and resilience, and of two lives lived under the weight of gravity.

 

Synopsis:

Keith Corcoran has spent his entire life preparing to be an astronaut. Finally aboard the International Space Station, hundreds of miles above Earths swirling blue surface, he receives word that tragedy has befallen his family and that, in its wake, his wife has left him. Returning to earth, to his now empty suburban home, Keith is alone with the memories and feelings he can barely acknowledge.

His experiences in space quickly dwindle to a distant memory. What remains are cul-de-sacs, big box stores, enormous parking lots. And yet out of this landscape come reconnection, friendship, and, finally, a sense of how to live under the weight of gravity.

"Smart, lyrical, deeply moving."—T.C. Boyle

About the Author

Christian Kiefer earned a Ph.D. in American literature from University of California, Davis, and is on the English faculty of American River College in Sacramento. His poetry has appeared in various national journals including the Antioch Review and Santa Monica Review. He is also an accomplished songwriter and instrumentalist, known as a solo recording artist and as a collaborator with some of the leading lights of the indie rock scene. He lives in the hill country north of Sacramento with his wife and five sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781608198627
Author:
Kiefer, Christian
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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What happens when an astronaut returns to earth to find it's not the stable ground he knew?
"Synopsis" by , What happens when an astronaut returns to earth to find it's not the stable ground he knew?
"Synopsis" by , Set in depleted, post-recession suburbia, with its endlessly interlocking cul-de-sacs, mega-parking lots and big box stores, The Infinite Tides tells the story of star astronaut Keith Corcoran's return to earth. Keith comes home from a lengthy mission aboard the International Space Station to find his wife and daughter gone, and a house completely empty of furniture, as if Odysseus had returned to Ithaca to find that everyone he knew had forgotten about him and moved on.

Keith is a mathematical and engineering genius, but he is ill equipped to understand what has happened to him, and how he has arrived at the center of such vacancy. Then, he forges an unlikely friendship with a neighboring Ukrainian immigrant, and slowly begins to reconnect with the world around him. As the two men share their vastly different personal and professional experiences, they paint an indelible and nuanced portrait of modern American life. The result is a deeply moving, tragicomic and ultimately redemptive story of love, loss and resilience, and of two lives lived under the weight of gravity.

 

"Synopsis" by , Keith Corcoran has spent his entire life preparing to be an astronaut. Finally aboard the International Space Station, hundreds of miles above Earths swirling blue surface, he receives word that tragedy has befallen his family and that, in its wake, his wife has left him. Returning to earth, to his now empty suburban home, Keith is alone with the memories and feelings he can barely acknowledge.

His experiences in space quickly dwindle to a distant memory. What remains are cul-de-sacs, big box stores, enormous parking lots. And yet out of this landscape come reconnection, friendship, and, finally, a sense of how to live under the weight of gravity.

"Smart, lyrical, deeply moving."—T.C. Boyle

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