Keith Staskiewicz
December 14, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

An Arrangement Of Light

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Nicole Krauss
publisher
Byliner Inc
genre
Short Stories, Fiction

We gave it an B+

In an unnamed country, an unnamed protagonist becomes an assistant to an unnamed but highly respected landscape architect. While writing in her typically lucid prose, Krauss (The History of Love, Great House) drapes her well-crafted new short story, An Arrangement of Light, in ambiguity and a floating sense of dread. There’s a dark secret at the heart of the architect’s beautiful public park, but rather than pit man against nature, Krauss proposes that the two are bonded by their similar capacities for cruelty. B+

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