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A man puts his beloved pets to the knife; a family prepares for the Rapture; a woman in a department store slips a necklace into her purse. Whatever the situation, the characters in “This Jealous Earth” find themselves faced with moments of decision that will forever alter the course of their lives. Always moving and often touched with humor, Carpenter’s stories examine the tension between the everyday and the transcendent—our struggle to grasp what lies beyond our reach. Whether hawking body parts in a Midwestern city, orbiting through the galleries of a Paris museum or plotting sibling tortures in an Arizona desert, his characters lead us through a series of dilemmas of universal appeal.
“Engaging…charmingly nostalgic.” - Publishers Weekly
“Incredibly moving… Carpenter’s writing is clear and delightful." - A.K. Mayhew, The Rumpus
"Stories like time bombs" - Gregory Blake Smith, Minnesota Book Award Winner
"By turns sad, funny, tender, and alarming, 'This Jealous Earth' examines the nuanced turns and shifts of human events and feelings that imbue the ordinary with the extraordinary" - Siri Hustvedt, internationally bestselling author of What I Loved and The Summer Without Men