Surreal fantasies with hypothetical lovers, a missing father, and a debilitating fear of poison . . . meet Claudia, whose story unfolds in the dreamlike milieu of a Pennsylvania small town in the 1990s.
Set in the Mojave Desert and the suburbs of Southern California, this revelatory novel moves swiftly among characters caught between the deprivations of the past and the mysteries of the future. With unflinching precision and stunning prose, Vallianatos unearths the vulnerability and volatility at our cores.