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BOOK TOUR

 

July 20, 7pm: Bunch of Grapes, Martha’s Vineyard, MA (with Ron Slate) 

 

July 23, 7pm: Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA

 

July 24, 7pm: Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA

July 30th, 6pm: Castle Hill Author Talk, Truro, MA (with Karen Dukess)

August 8, 6pm: Book Love, Plymouth, MA

 

August 10, 11am: Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough, NH (with Henry Walters)

August 23, 6pm: Fine Arts Works Center, Provincetown, MA (with East End Books & Michael Cunningham)

 

August 29, 6pm: Symposium Books, Providence, RI

 

September 5, 6pm: Beacon Hill Books, Boston, MA (with Elizabeth Graver)

 

September 20: American Book Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (with Philip Huff)

September 26, 7pm: Newtonville Books, Newton, MA (with Julia Glass)

 

October 26: Boston Book Festival

"Shattuck writes with delicacy and restraint of the uncertainties, missed signals, and mixed feelings that trouble personal relationships across the centuries even as we yearn for love and meaning. Intricately structured, powerfully emotional, beautifully written: This is as good as short fiction gets." — Kirkus Reviews [Starred Review]

 

“A magnificent collection about love, longing, and New England history. . . . Shattuck shines especially in his depiction of nature. . . . Deeply felt and impeccably researched, these exquisite stories capture the spirit of the Northeast.” —Publishers Weekly

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Advance Praise for The History of Sound

“Exquisitely crafted, deeply imagined, exhilaratingly diverse, The History of Sound places Ben Shattuck firmly among the very finest of our storytellers.”
Geraldine Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of Horse

“Shattuck has recovered what was thought lost—in American history, natural history, and unspoken human longing—and returned it to us on the page. This is what great art does. Lovingly detailed, beautifully told, with interconnections that make the reader gasp aloud, these stories are unlike anything on your bookshelf. I love The History of Sound and you will too. Get it now.”
Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less and Less Is Lost

“The History of Sound is much more than a stunning short story collection—the best I’ve read in more than a decade—it’s a seductive cluster of interweaving narratives that will keep you turning the pages even as you savor each story’s specificity, heart, and wit. Ben Shattuck writes about music, painting, history, and the natural world with such authority and grace, but it’s his characters that stay with you in their desperate attempts to make sense of this inexplicable world. I can’t wait to read whatever Ben Shattuck has coming next.”
Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea, Mayflower, and Travels with George

“Ben Shattuck’s stories are stunning: enthralling, suspenseful, and haunting; often witty and always deeply moving. Like Alice Munro and Andrea Barrett, he has a keen eye for the mysterious intersections of human nature with nature itself—and a knack for capturing the span of an entire life in a single tale, each resonating with others to create a book about history, destiny, and the way we live now. At the end, I longed for more.” 
Julia Glass, author of Vigil Harbor and Three Junes

“In braiding themselves together, The History of Sound’s stories generate the most ingenious and pleasing and moving evocation of New England, in all its seasonal and geographic variety. Over time—from 1696 to Radiolab—mysteries posed in one story are off-handedly addressed years later in another, protagonists become someone else’s minor character, and fates are meted out as each new narrative throws a crucial contextualizing light upon the other. Ben Shattuck is a devoted magpie: these stories celebrate the earth’s music and bounty, and remind us how diminished we are when severed from who and what we loved.” 
Jim Shepard, author of The Book of Aron and Like You’d Understand, Anyway

“Beautifully constructed, emotionally resonant, and richly rooted in the natural world, these stories chime memorably through time and space.”
Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever and Natural History

“The stories in this beautifully written book toggle between the past and the present, and their subjects include the natural world in and around New England, and, within that natural world, a cultural landscape that includes music, faith, love, and murder. Ben Shattuck is a gifted writer who is wonderfully generous and wide-ranging in his concerns. He cares deeply about those in peril, those in need of help and aid, and his imagination goes out to them. Like the novelists of the 19th century, he looks upon the world with wonder, as if no one had ever really seen it or its secrets or made an account of it before. In every sense, this is a wonderful book.”
Charles Baxter, author of Feast of Love and There’s Something I Want You to Do

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