- Published: 04/09/2014
- ISBN: 9781847086501
- Granta Books
- 176 pages
The Emerald Light in the Air
In elegant, precise prose Donald Antrim crafts funny, tender stories of men and women disorientated by love, loss, and bouts of sorrow.
An unfaithful husband goes out to buy flowers for his wife, while across town a new couple, both survivors of difficult childhoods, find comfort together in other people’s apartments. On the edge of a university campus, a group of students are brought together by their ageing drama professor, whose predilection for pot and crush on his star pupil threaten to tip their performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream into a surreal and dangerous farce. And in the title story, a bereaved art teacher drives into the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia intending to throw away his ex-girlfriend’s paintings.
A collection of brilliant short stories, some of them very funny but also always tragic, in a heartbreaking way. I haven't read anything as good in years
Karl Ove Knausgaard, New Statesman
Donald Antrim's stories are often lovely and drastic in the same breath, which becomes electrifying for the reader
You finish this book glad you found it and grateful to be here