The Utah Canyons WildMall gives tourists exactly what they want. An archivist preserves a rare map of a vanished Lake Tahoe. The Grand Canyon can only be visited in replica form. These storieslyrical, deadpan, surrealblur the line between the natural world and the world we make.
Praise for Recapture:
A Library Journal Best Short Story Collection of the Year
Unsentimental stories that tell us what the American West looks like now and what we’ve lost; the Grand Canyon, for instance, can be seen only in replica after environmental catastrophe.”
Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal
"Recapture is a living, breathing museum of natural wonders. With writing as spare as the landscape she evokes, Olsen wades through the detritus of the human experience and finds clarity there, and some magic, too."
"True to its name, Recapture grasps after lost loves, fading histories, and shifting landscapes to bring us an expertly curated series of human exhibits in an expansive, outdoor museum."
Lindsey Griffin, the museum of americana literary review
"Erica Olsen gives us the dream life of the Southwest in this striking collection, a landscape told in language as spare and pungent and exacting as the desert itself. A swift and lovely debut from a writer of real gifts."
Kevin Canty, author of Where the Money Went
"These sly, heartbreaking stories capture the modern West, where the past is ever-present and the future is already here."
Alison Baker, author of How I Came West, and Why I Stayed
"Beneath their polished surfaces, Erica Olsen’s stories are subversive, sometimes darkly funny, and always disquieting. When you set off on a hike in her universe, be prepared for surprises. You may find yourself exploring Utahor Norwayor a surreal faux wilderness where rainbows are regularly scheduled and gnats are outlawed. Also, prepare to be exhilarated. This accomplished writer really knows her way through the tricky zone between truth and falsehood where art is made."
Susan Lowell Humphreys, author of Ganado Red
"A sharp, wise new voice from the American West, Erica Olsen is the real thing. As wild as David Foster Wallace or George Saunders and as tender as James Salter or Alice Munro, Olsen’s stories are hilarious, painful, and achingly lovely."
Amanda Eyre Ward, author of Close Your Eyes
"Like all good narratives, Erica Olsen’s Grand Canyon II” suggests great consequence. The past is another country. The task of memory is impossible. No one exists and nothing ever happened. But somewhere in your brain, a beautiful lie is being spun..."
Sarah Manguso, author of The Guardians
"Recapture is like a lost map of the backcountry, detailing the forgotten places where secrets shove up through the dust, pieces of lives demanding to be made whole. The territory is endlessly illuminating and constantly surprising, revealing a master storyteller at work."
Kim Todd, author of Tinkering with Eden: A Natural History of Exotic Species in America