The seventeen stories in Lee Upton’s Visitations often center around books--as art objects, as lost objects, as points of contention, as inspiration. “Night Walkers” tells the story of the world’s laziest book club; “A Story’s End” follows a woman’s search for the last book read by her mother before her death; “Gods and Goddesses in Art and Legend” explores the ways in which a character's childhood reading shapes her adulthood. In other stories, a woman falls in love with Edgar Allan Poe’s discarded suit, a “stalker” attempts to redeem herself, a shadow demands that a child cut off the other hand of Captain Hook, and a man comes to believe that “The Turn of the Screw” is actually about himself.
Lee Upton, the Francis A. March Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Lafayette College, is the author of many books of poetry, fiction, and literary criticism. Kirkus Reviews named her previous collection of short stories, The Tao of Humiliation, one of the Best Books of 2014.
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