About The Book
Stewart O’Nan is one of the most highly acclaimed fiction writers of his generation, selected by Granta as one of the Best Young American Novelists and hailed by The New York Times as “a master.” Grove Press is proud to issue his award-winning debut In the Walled City in paperback. Winner of the prestigious Drue Heinz Prize in 1993—selected by a panel chaired by Tobias Wolff—O’Nan’s collection In the Walled City features twelve stories that delve into the lives and souls of an astonishing range of characters, from an old Chinese grocer to a young policeman separated from his family and descending into madness. Intimate and generous, these stories brilliantly illuminate the connections that bind us and the obligations and sorrows of love.
“O’Nan has the rare gift of shifting perspective, often in the same story, without any sacrifice of intensity or authenticity. In this book we see life through the eyes of—among others—a ruined farmer, a black day-laborer, a young cop separated from his family and descending into madness, an old Chinese grocer; all of them vividly alive and different from the rest, yet mysteriously joined by the author’s feel for the weight of the histories they carry.” —Tobias Wolff, from the citation for the 1993 Drue Heinz Literature Prize