By Peter Rock
MacAdam Cage, Hardcover, 9781596921719, 300pp.
Publication Date: April 3, 2006
Populated by strangers, ghosts, and other shadowy figures, the thirteen stories in The Unsettling attend to those startling moments when what we have understood as familiar is suddenly revealed as mysterious and foreign.
A lonely man saving library books from an outbreak of mold listens to a coworker's tale about a blind woman and imbues it with his own sense of romance; a woman drives a Gold Firebird through the desert with a television playing Rockford Files reruns on the passenger seat; and a girl returns to her childhood home to spy on its new inhabitants, not realizing they are aware of her surveillance.
Told through Rock's imaginative and wholly original voice, these are haunted tales about fascination, transformation, and the relationship between the two.
"Mr. Rock has an eye for detail, with lucid, confident metaphors reminiscent of Annie Proulx."
–Wall Street Journal
"Here's fiction that's often exciting to read for all the old reasons: voice, vision, talent, guts."
“…beautifully written, dreamlike, but like dreams, frequently ambiguous, brimming with eerie, colorful details that are rarely, if ever, fully explained.”
— Portland Mercury
“The collection, although complex, will be read quickly in stolen moments.”
— Booklist (starred)