Nicole Krauss has released a “chilling” new short story, An Arrangement of Light, via Byliner. Krauss is an internationally bestselling author who was a National Book Award finalist for both Great House and The History of Love, and her books have been translated into 35 languages.
The An Arrangement of Light Plot:
Narrated by the personal secretary to a world-famous landscape architect, it is a tale about how survival of the fittest, whether for flora or fauna, beast or man, is often a guarantee of treachery, and how, in the end, our loyalties can become as trapping as any prison.
Set in an unnamed country as familiar as it is otherworldly, the story begins with a young horticulturist’s admiration for the work of a great man and his hope to help build the new public park in the capital. He ends up securing far more than that: a complicity with the park’s celebrated designer he could never have imagined or wished for. And when a military coup ushers capricious generals into power and they arrive in their black sedans with dark plans for the park, the personal secretary discovers that dreams risk running headlong into nightmares. Ultimately he must reckon with the fact that nature, for all its beauty, is cruel and conniving, and that a good gardener cannot tame it, only bend its neck.
Per Byliner, An Arrangement of Light is currently available as a Kindle Single, a Quick Read at Apple’s iBookstore, and as a NOOK Snap at BN.com.