Synopses & Reviews
A Methodist minister gone astray, a grieving trout bum gone fishing with his father"s remains, an artist overwhelmed by incarnate beauty'"these are just a few of the iconic yet utterly unique characters in Thomas Lynch"s spirited collection. Set in Michigan"s north woods, in Ohio"s interior, on islands, in casinos, and in distant cities, these stories are linked by the gone and not forgotten: former spouses, dead parents, and missing children. In pursuit of love and its redemptions, these are pilgrims haunted by memory, dogged by desire, made radiant by romance and its denouements.
With the elegant prose of Frederick Busch and the Irish sensibility of William Trevor, Lynch masterfully creates a world where mirage and apparition are commonplace, where people searching for connection and old comforts find them both near at hand and oddly out of reach.
"Meditative and politely laconic, this is a terrific collection from a writer who thinks and feels and tells stories with an engagingly distilled candor and assurance all his own." Eileen Battersby
A powerful, meditative collection. The title story is a masterpiece.It may be difficult to discern which has had a greater influence on Lynch, his Irish ethnicity or his Michigan upbringing, but the result is a lyricism coupled with a locale of abundant natural beauty and an attachment to the offbeat characters who are its inhabitants. -- Robert Birnbaum
[Lynch] writes with a poetic precision and beauty capable of inspiring sheer joy. -- Christopher Walton
'Heart-rending stories of life and death: a debut fiction collection by the award-winning author of The Undertaking
"Lynch has added another chapter to one of the most memorable records in American letters."--William Giraldi,
These stories are linked by the gone and not forgotten: former spouses, dead parents, missing children. Lynch creates a world in which people searching for connection and old comforts find them both near at hand and oddly out of reach.
About the Author
Thomas Lynch's stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Granta, The Atlantic, Harper’s, the Times (of London, New York, Ireland, and Los Angeles), and elsewhere. The Undertaking was a finalist for the National Book Award; he is also the author of Still Life in Milford, Booking Passage, Apparition & Late Fictions and Walking Papers. Lynch lives in Milford, Michigan, and West Clare, Ireland.