Moving from fable and historical fiction to contemporary realism, this book of stories from Barry Lopez is erotic and wise, full of irresistible characters doing things they shouldn't do for reasons that are mysterious and irreducible. These are the works of a master at the top of his form. As always, Lopez's stories transcend his subjects, linking human culture and landscape, poetry and philosophy, emotion and the earth's mysteries. Eight of the print edition's thirteen stories are included here: Remembering Orchards, The Letters of Heaven, Emory Bear Hands', Birds, Mornings in Quarain, Light Action in the Caribbean, The Deaf Girl, The Mappist, Stolen Horses.
For me, the book would have been a monumental Perfect 5 if "The Mappist" - truly brilliant - had been featured in place of the