Separate Kingdoms (Paperback)
Harper Perennial, 9780060840945, 224pp.
Publication Date: March 29, 2011
“A work of daunting versatility and technical skill, the product of a writer absolutely at home in the language and working vigorously within both new and old forms.” —Michael Byers, author of Long for this World and The Coast of Good Intentions
From Pushcart Prize-winner Valerie Laken, author of Dream House, comes a riveting short story collection charting the divisions and collisions between cultures and nations, families and lovers, selves and others in the United States and Russia. In the tradition of Lydia Peelle, Barbara Johnson, and David Mitchell, Laken creates incisive and illuminating portraits of characters coping with loss, estrangement, and disability, confined by their circumstances to separate kingdoms of the heart.
About the Author
Valerie Laken teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her first novel, Dream House, was named of one Booklist's Top Ten First Novels and Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2009.
Praise For Separate Kingdoms: Stories…
— Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Loss, temporary and permanent, physical and emotional, is the hard, gleaming thread tying together Laken’s short-story collection. . . . An absorbing literary exploration of the geography of loss.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Vivid and evocative, these stories will appeal to readers of both popular and literary fiction.”
— Library Journal