A tale inspired by long-buried family history imparts the deathbed revelation of an ancestor's involvement in a mail-order novelty company famed for ads in mid-20th-century periodicals and the family's experiences around World War II and the space program in culturally divided regions of America.
Two dark-skinned dancers with very different talents share a complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in early adulthood in a story that transitions from northwest London to West Africa. By the author of "On Beauty."
Shmuel Ash, a biblical scholar, is adrift in his young life when he finds work as acaregiver for a brilliant but cantankerous old man named Gershom Wald. There is, however, a third, mysterious presence in his new home. Atalia Abarbanel, the daughter of a deceased Zionist leader, a beautiful woman in her forties, entrances young Shmuel even as she keeps him at a distance. Piece by piece, the old Jerusalem stone house, haunted by tragic history and now home to the three misfits and their intricate relationship, reveals its secrets.
In Tales from the Loop, Simon Stålenhag created a robot-haunted, alien Sweden. Now, he continues those tales in Things from the Flood: The Loop has been closed, but a flood of strange dark water suddenly threatens the countryside. What will it leave behind?