Fiction. Off the coast of the small town of Truror is an island steeped in local legend, a place once home to mysterious religious orders and apocryphal lost settlements ... a place that seems, in the right fog, to lift right out of the water and fly. This peculiar past has made the island, in the present, a minor tourist attraction, drawing sightseers and the devout alike. On an otherwise routine tour, Jake Isinglass, a native son of Truror and guide to the island, witnesses something he can't explain: a young woman falls from an island cliff to her death ... or jumps to her death ... or vanishes into thin air. What follows in Jake's investigation finds him uncovering not just the island's difficult history but his own. Written in evocative, atmospheric prose, THE GUIDE TO THE FLYING ISLAND is at once a ghost story, a mystery, and a meditation on the ways our lives remain haunted by the secrets of our pasts.
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Lee Upton is the author of five previous books of poetry including UNDID IN THE LAND OF UNDONE, Civilian Histories, and Approximate Darling; the story collection The Tao of Humiliation; the essay collection SWALLOWING THE SEA: ON WRITING & AMBITION, BOREDOM, PURITY & SECRECY; the novella THE GUIDE TO THE FLYING ISLAND; and several books of critical prose, most recently Defensive Measures: The Poetry of Niedecker, Bishop, Glück, and Carson. She is a professor of English and the writer- in-residence at Lafayette College. BOTTLE THE BOTTLES THE BOTTLES THE BOTTLES is the winner of the 2014 Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Book Competition, selected by Erin Belieu.Author City: Easton, PA USA