David L. Ulin
A Gemma Open Door book
“…a stirring meditation on the porous intersection of the past and present, and on the sheer force of will it takes for a person to be mindful of the lived moment. Ulin’s prose is lucid and elegant, and disarmingly powerful…” ―Marisa Silver, The God of War and Alone With YouA middle-aged man, now living in Los Angeles, returns on a business trip to San Francisco, where he lived when he was a young man. In the course of three days in the city, he confronts the echoes of his history, both in the patterns of the streets he obsessively wanders and in a strange interaction with a couple of old friends, who bring him face-to-face with this own unfinished past.
Seeking solace, he ends up at Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill, where he walks the labyrinth. This leads him to reflect on who he is and who he used to be, on the relationship between distance and belonging, and between memory and identity.
David L. Ulin is the author of The Lost Art of Reading and The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith. He is also the editor of three anthologies: Cape Cod Noir, Another City: Writing from Los Angeles, and Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award. David L. Ulin is book critic of the Los Angeles Times.
David L. Ulin
Paper, 100 pages
Reading level: 7.1