THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY BEST BOOKS OF 2009THE WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST FICTION OF 2009 LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOKS OF 2009FAVORITE FICTION OF 2009 FROM THE LOS ANGELES TIMES James Lasdun's great gift is his instinct for the vertigius moments when the essence of a life discloses itself. In sharply evoked settings that range from the wilds of rthern Greece to the beaches of Cape Cod, these intensely dramatic tales chart the metamorphoses of their characters as they fall prey to the range of human passions. As James Wood has written, James Lasdun seems to me to be one of the secret gardens of English writing. . . . When we read him we kw what language is for.
James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York. He has published previous collections of stories, books of poetry, and novels, including The Horned Man, which was a New York Times Notable Book. His story The Siege was the basis for the Bernardo Bertolucci film Besieged.