The Pacific and Other Stories
By Mark Helprin
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143035763, 366pp.)
Publication Date: June 2005
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"The Pacific and Other Stories "is a collection of sixteen stories that display the remarkable scope, incomparable wit, and deft prose that have come to be Mark Helprin's signature. A British paratrooper jumps into occupied territory; the 1958 New York Yankees gain an unexpected teammate in a puny, teenaged Hasidic Jew; a September 11th widow receives an astonishing gift from the contractor working on her new apartment--these and other stories exhibit the constantly changing variety of the ocean itself, the peaks and troughs of life. Lighthearted, glittering fables are met with starker tales that sound the depths of sacrifice and duty. "The Pacific and Other Stories" is a resplendent, powerful collection of lasting substance and emotional import.