Rock, Peter.

ISBN 10: 1596921714 / ISBN 13: 9781596921719
Published by San Francisco: McAdam / Cage, (2006) dj, 2006
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. A collection of twelve stories and a novella, SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. 329 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 61388

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Publisher: San Francisco: McAdam / Cage, (2006) dj

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The Unsettling is a collection of thirteen stories that range across the cities and wildernesses of America. Realistic in setting and characterization, they attend to those startling moments when what we have understood as familiar is revealed as quite mysterious and foreign.

These stories (which have appeared in leading literary journals such as Zoetrope, Tin House and One Story) are populated by strangers, ghosts, and other shadowy figures whose intentions may be sinister or quite the opposite. A lonely man saving library books from an outbreak of mold listens to his co-worker’s tale of a blind woman and imbues it with his own sense of romance; a mysterious woman drives a Gold Firebird out of the desert, the television on the passenger seat playing "Rockford Files" reruns, The Guinness Book of World Records on the dashboard; nights, a girl returns to her childhood home, spying on its new inhabitants, not realizing that they’re quite aware of her surveillance; a Poe-obsessed medical examiner constructs ornate scenes in an attempt to provoke hope in the forgotten lives of a dark and desperate city.

These are stories of fascination, transformation, and the relation between the two.

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"This book, which is maybe the best short story collection I’ve ever read, messed up my life. For days I wandered around thinking about the impossible stories and the everyday heartbreak that this collection brings, and everything I looked at seemed utterly and gorgeously rearranged by Peter Rock. Now it’s your turn." – Daniel Handler, author of the Lemony Snicket series

"These thirteen stories are moving, funny, haunting and – what's best – uncanny in their power to linger, filled with memorable characters and vivid events that will shadow you long after you think you've finished the book. Peter Rock is one of the most talented writers around, and The Unsettling is an experience you don't want to miss." – Dan Chaon, author of You Remind Me of Me and Among the Missing

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