strangercoverYou Are Not a Stranger Here is a book of nine richly varied stories, each suffused with intense emotion and written in a lyric prose alternatively lush and spare.  The stories carry their readers into the hearts and minds of people facing life’s most profound dilemmas. We meet an aging inventor still burning with ideas as he makes a final visit to his gay son. A psychiatrist’s encounter with a reluctant patient reveals a young doctor’s own needs and fears. An orphaned boy finds solace in a classmate’s violence. The return of an old lover disturbs the peace between a brother and sister who have lived together for decades.

In settings that range from New England to Great Britain, from Los Angeles to the American West, the stories treat what Faulkner called the old verities and truths of the heart: love and honor, pity and pride, compassion and sacrifice. They do so with precision and an often generous humor, drawing us past the surface of characters’ lives into the moments of decision and recognition that shape them irrevocably.

The collection was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and won the PEN/Malamud Award and the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award.  It was a selection of the Today Show Book Club and was named one of the five best books of the year by TIME Magazine.  The book has been translated into sixteen languages.

Read the first story in the book, Notes to My Biographer, and see the illustrated version below.

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