Charlie Blakeman is living in New York s Lower East Side, struggling to write his second vel, when his college love, Sophie Wilder, returns to his life. Sophie, too, is struggling, though Charlie isn t sure why. They ve spoken only rarely since their falling-out a decade before. Now Sophie begins to tell Charlie the story of her life since then, particularly the days she spent taking care of a dying man with his own terrible past and the difficult decision he presented her with. When Sophie once again abruptly disappears, Charlie sets out to discover what happened to Sophie Wilder.
Damia Alou is a Catalan writer and translator. He has translated numerous authors, including Truman Capote, Charles Dickens, and Thomas Hardy. Christopher Beha is a deputy editor at Harper s Magazine. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, The Believer, Bookforum, and elsewhere. He is the author of the novel, Arts & Entertainments, and the memoir, The Whole Five Feet. He is also the co-editor of the Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife.