In her first collection of stories since her PEN/​Faulkner-winning The Caprices, Sabina Murray delves into the minds of the most intriguing explorers and reimagines the pivotal and private moments that earned them their place in history.

"Murray writes of Italian noblemen, Africa chiefs, Russian prisoners, Australian Aborigines, even Aztec kings; of times and places, horrors and joys; of oceans, deserts, starvation—of quite simply everything—very beautifully, bringing it all close to us, to here, to now."—New York Times Book Review

"By some force of prose brilliance or act of poetic magic, Murray hypnotizes the reader."—Elle

"Murray’s spirited writing is rooted in humanity and creates a fine sense of the real behind the lore."—Publishers Weekly

"VERDICT: Plenty of historical facts for those who love travel, but primarily readers of literary fiction will want to jump on board."—Library Journal



Rupert Brigg questions the authenticity of everything, even himself.
Katherine shea has strange appetites, a love of art, and a string of unlucky boyfriends.
PEN/Faulkner Award winning collection of short stories
The dark underbelly of Manila society in the decadent eighties.

Sabina Murray grew up in Australia and the Philippines. She is the author of the novels Forgery, A Carnivore’s Inquiry , and Slow Burn . Her short story collection The Caprices was the winner of the 2002 PEN/​Faulkner award. Her stories are anthologized in The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and Charilie Chan is Dead II: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian Fiction. She is the writer of the screenplay for the film Beautiful Country, which was an Independent Spirit Award Best First Screenplay nominee. She is a former Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, Bunting Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University and Guggenheim Fellow. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the Fred Brown Award from the University of Pittsburgh. Murray has served as the Roger Murray Writer in Residence at Phillips Academy Andover and currently is a member of the Creative Writing Faculty at Umass Amherst.