The Redemption of Galen Pike

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-Like Chekhov's great stories, Davies' . . . reward re-reading not by resolving the core mystery, but by revealing layers of meaning and complexity. - --Ladette Randolph, Ploughshares

From remote Australian settlements to the snows of Siberia, from Colorado to Cumbria, restless teenagers, middle-aged civil servants, and Quaker spinsters traverse expanses of solitude to reveal the secrets of the human heart.

Written with raw and rigorous prose, charged throughout by a prickly wit, the stories in The Redemption of Galen Pike remind us how little we know of the lives of others.

Carys Davies is currently a 2016-2017 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library.

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