For me you are not a stranger here is in some ways defined by what it isnt it doesnt abide by any of the trends weve seen in short stories in recent years theres no magical realism it doesnt abide by any of the trends weve seen in short stories in recent years theres no magical realism. A genteel middle aged woman a long time resident of a psychiatric hospital becomes the confidante of a lovelorn teenaged volunteer told with chekhovian restraint and compassion and conveying both the sorrow of life and the courage with which people rise to meet it you are not a stranger here is a triumph of storytelling. About you are not a stranger here in these unforgettable stories the acclaimed author of imagine me gone explores lives that appear shuttered by loss and discovers entire worlds hidden inside themthe impact is at once harrowing and thrilling an elderly inventor burning with manic creativity tries to reconcile with his estranged gay son. You 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 lifes most profound dilemmas. Adam haslett is the author of the novel imagine me gone the short story collection you are not a stranger here which was a pulitzer prize and national book award finalist and which won the pen winship award and the novel union atlantic which won the lambda literary award and was shortlisted for the commonwealth prize his books have been
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