The Man Who Designed the Future is the story of a post-school life both utterly singular and deeply emblematic. Bel Geddes may not quite have invented the future, but between 1914 and 1958 he had a lot to do with how millions of Americans came to understand, envision, and desire it.
In Into the Water, Paula sticks to her tried and tested template, this time infusing it with three trendy psychological thriller elements: estranged sisters who are brought together by a crisis, a narrative about misunderstood and wronged women, and a combination of modern feminist ideas with the ancient tradition witch hunting.
In order to operate comfortably on a day-to-day basis, people must rely on apparent truths of the sensory world when interacting with people and places. Dalia Rosenfeld’s robust new collection of short stories, The Worlds We Think We Know, considers the implications of such personal isolation in the context of cultural identity.