About this Book
In the title story, a young man waiting in the Hotel Eden discovers - as many others have - that Eden is not a permanent domicile. In "Zanduce at Second," a baseball player turned killer-by-accident undergoes a surprising transformation. We root for escaped felon Ray ("A Note on the Type") as he carves his name on a culvert wall. We drive through the sweltering summer streets of Phoenix as a 19-year-old narrator goes through an unsettling sexual awakening ("Oxygen"). Finally, in "The Chromium Hook," he takes us to a lovers' lane where he solves an ancient mystery.