Synopses & Reviews
The critical and popular success (New York Times bestseller) that won a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship and launched Canin's career, Emperor of the Air explores tricky family relationships and tender moments of self-discovery with a voice of compassion rarely found in contemporary short fiction" (San Francisco Chronicle). As People magazine commented, "Like a spider's web, this collection of spare, precise short stories is cleverly alluring and deceptively strong."
"Canin continually surprises readers as he casts the mundane in new light." Publishers Weekly
"The way these stories transcend the ordinariness of human voices is startling." New York Times
"This is one of the strongest first story collections in years, from a generous writer with heart and style and the power to surprise." Kirkus Reviews
"The stories prove Canin guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of brilliance." Boston Globe
"A series of shots that find their target with devastating accuracy and frequent grace." The Los Angeles Times
EMPEROR OF THE AIR "explores tricky family relationships and tender moments of self-discovery with a voice of compassion rarely found in contemporary short fiction" (San Francisco Chronicle). Whether his characters are struggling to save trees in their yards, their marriages, or themselves, Cannin renders their moments of revelation with rich observation, energy, humor, and grace.
About the Author
Ethan Canin lives in Iowa City and San Francisco.