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A Perfect Universe


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Scott O'Connor is the author of the novella Among Wolves, and the novels Untouchable and Half World. He has been awarded the B&N Discover Great New Writers Award, and his stories have been shortlisted for The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and cited as Distinguished in Best American Short Stories. He has written for Fox and Universal Television, as well as The New York Times Magazine and the Los Angeles Review of Books.


"A Perfect Universe beautifully encapsulates our contemporary world, in the miniature globe of Los Angeles. We see ourselves in these hustlers and hopefuls, strays and survivors, characters as complex, damaged, and determined as the city itself. This is a new classic--not only of the mysterious, evergreen pull of the City of Angels, but of American fiction at large."--James Frey, New York Times bestselling author of A Million Little Pieces and Bright Shiny Morning
"The stories in A Perfect Universe describe lives torn by violence of all kinds--physical, emotional, judicial--and they do so with immense intelligence and heart-stopping clarity. Scott O'Connor's vision of Los Angeles as a place both sprawling and strange, given to both radical privacy and startling intersection, brings to mind another one of the city's definitive portraits, Robert Altman's Short Cuts, but has a gnostic brilliance that is entirely his own."--Matthew Specktor, author of American Dream Machine
"Through a kaleidoscopic cast of characters teeming with desires, hopes, frustrations, and regrets, the compelling stories in A Perfect Universe excite the imagination while appealing to the heart. Scott O'Connor's crystalline prose delivers an ambitious range of voices and narrative structures that reflect the bewildering complexity and quiet beauty of our modern world."--John Pipkin, author of Woodsburner and The Blind Astronomer's Daughter
"Scott O'Connor's riveting exploration into the hopes, losses and triumphs of his characters plunges the reader into sprawling Los Angeles, where the entertainment business looms like an extra moon. A brilliant storyteller, O'Connor inhabits his characters and pulls us in after them, exploring lives in which everything is up for grabs and nothing is what you think."

--Kit Reed, author of The Story Until Now and Mormama

"I sat down to read the first story in A Perfect Universe, only to look up several hours later having read the entire book in a single sitting. I fell in love with these characters from the first page. The storytelling in this book--tender and attentive, starkly poetic and always surprising--moved me at every turn."--Attica Locke, author of Bluebird, Bluebird and Pleasantville

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