Praise for The Edge of the World
"The Edge of the World is a stunning collection of psychologically
complex and stylistically sophisticated tales ... With clear-eyed ferocity
and a delectable precision, Gail Vida Hamburg brings to life a startling
range of characters and presents for our reflection a post-modern fable
about a world in upheaval ..." -- Askold Melnyczuk, author Ambassador
of the Dead, House of Widows, and What Is Told.
“The Edge of the World is surprising in its ambition, breadth,
wisdom, and subtlety. Gail Vida Hamburg has written a remarkable book.
She is perceptive about both men and women, their foibles and failures,
and their desires and tragic delusions. I am full of admiration." --
Sheila Kohler, author Bluebird or the Invention of Happiness, Crossways,
One Girl, and Cracks.
"The Edge of the World is an imaginative, bold, and exciting novel
by a principled writer. There's a satirical edge to this work of fiction
that makes it particularly delectable, but the humanity and feeling in
Hamburg's characters is never sacrificed to satire ..." Alice Mattison,
author In Case We're Separated, The Book Borrower, Men Giving Money Women
Yelling, The Wedding of the Two-Headed Woman.
"The Edge of the World is a most compelling book. I started it
one morning and read to the very least word without every getting up.
The lives that unfold are so subtle and layered, so demanding of attention,
that I didn't want to move away from them. Together they add up to a
remarkable "civilization" and force us to consider what America
has done to islands at every edge of the world since the Kennedy era.
The author's sense of place and power of description can make you feel
every pain and erotic longing as if your own. This is a must read--especially
before the 2008 election. There is a moral dimension to these stories
that beg us for compassion." amazon review.
" A juicy, lyrical read with bite. The Edge
of the World is a vividly
crafted, engaging collection of stories that, together, tell a devastating
tale of the cause and effects of American aggressions. Each story is
set in Chomumbar, a fictional island nation that rings so true that I
felt slightly embarrassed to be ignorant of its existence. The characters
are rendered with cutting wit and delicacy, so that even an oppressive
dictator demands our empathy. Hamburg does not let us off the hook. Exquisite." amazon
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