The title story in this collection of short stories from the author of Transatlantic and Let the Great World Spin, takes place in Brooklyn on a snowy day when an elderly man falls on the slippery sidewalk. The snow obscures what has actually happened just as the thoughts of the man and his past float and spin through his head like the flakes in a snow globe.
The other two stories, “Sh’khol” and “Treaty” both pack a powerful punch and deal with the shifting aspects of memory as well.
Be sure to check McCann’s website (http://colummccann.com/) for background information that is relevant to understanding the title story.
“In just three short stories and one novella, McCann weaves the magic that made Let the Great World Spin so acclaimed—especially in one brilliant short piece of metafiction in which the process of writing a story becomes interwoven with the story created.”—The Huffington Post
“McCann is a writer of power and subtlety and beauty. . . . The powerful title story loiters in the mind long after you’ve read it.”—Sarah Lyall, The New York Times
“McCann is a passionate writer whose impulse is always toward a generous understanding of his diverse characters.”—The Wall Street Journal