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The nine stories in You Are Not a Stranger Here are set in Los Angeles, the Midwest, New England and England. What unites them is the refined writing and a raw emotional power that carries the reader past the surface of the subject and into the core of the characters' lives. There is grief, passion, loneliness, humour and longing in these stories, but ultimately the book sets off the shock of recognition that takes readers past the cliched language of human suffering and brings them to understand their own experience through the characters' lives.
Adam Haslett is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and winner of a Michener Fellowship.