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“People break my heart. Every single
one of them does.” In settings that
range from rural fishing communities
to the urban capital, the stories of Cabin,
Clearing, Forest are a lyrical road map
to the human landscape of contemporary
Alaska. In “Blue Ticket,” a stranger
finds solace in a Juneau homeless
encampment. Old friends argue over
the pleasures and perils of small-town
life in “A Beginner’s Guide to Leaving
Your Hometown,” and in “Every Island
Longs for the Continent,” a young family
falls apart after moving to Kodiak.
In these thirteen stories, Zach Falcon
explores the burdens of familiarity and
the pains of estrangement through
characters struggling to find their place
in the world.
Falcon’s skill in presenting bleakly realistic, unidealized lives is central to the book’s considerable power. On top of that—and more to the point for those who don’t live here—he’s an exceptional writer.
—The Juneau Empire
Falcon demonstrates a mastery of language with this collection. . . . Each story sounds unique while still feeling cohesive as a whole.
—The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Zach Falcon was born and raised in Alaska. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he currently lives in Maine.