Megan Harlan
October 10, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

All Around Atlantis

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Deborah Eisenberg
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A

Populated by wayfarers, wanderers, and the just plain lost, these seven lucidly perceptive tales feel like exotic safaris into the deepest, darkest emotional landscapes. In two separate stories, an adventurous college student and an aging, frustrated classical musician find themselves in Latin American countries where seething guerrilla insurgency mirrors their personal insecurities. Throughout All Around Atlantis, short-story wizard Eisenberg wields a machete-sharp wit to hack some sense out of life’s ”ornate tangling of growth and decay.” A

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