Ordinary realities and yearnings to transcend them lead to miraculous other worlds in this dazzling collection of stories. A woman's deceased father appears in her dreams with clues about the afterlife; a Russian professor in a small American town constructs elaborate fantasies during her cigarette break; a man falls in love with a marble statue as his marriage falls apart. With the emotional insight of Chekhov, the surreal satire of Gogol, and a unique blend of humor and poetry all her own, Tolstaya transmutes the quotidian into aetherial alternatives.
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"How Low Can Oil Go?", by James Surowiecki; "A Couple of Ambassadors", by Rebecca Mead; "In the Land of the Possible", by Evan Osnos; "Bus Stop", by Tatyana Tolstaya; "The Word Shed", by Colum McCann; "Sideshow", by Hilton Als; and "Test Patterns", by Sasha Frere-Jones.
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