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Panorama
by Steve Kistulentz


 
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New York, NY: Little, Brown (pub: March 6, 2018)

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A Chicago Review of Books Most Anticipated Fiction Book of 2018

A debut novel that spins towards a single moment, a plane crash on New Year's Day, and then away from it, as the families of the victims navigate intertwined paths in the wake of the tragedy.


Richard MacMurray, a cable news talking head, is paid handsomely to pontificate on the issues of the moment. On New Year's Day he is scheduled to appear on a prominent Sunday-morning talk show, but as he awaits the broadcast, the program is interrupted by news of a jet airline crash in Dallas killing everyone on board. Richard becomes aware that his sister Mary Beth was aboard the flight, leaving her six-year-old son Gabriel behind. Richard, his only living relative, must take Gabriel in.

Panorama dramatizes the ever-widening impact of a single moment over the span of one day--on the victims and their loved ones, but also the plane's mechanic, the airport janitor, and casual observers such as the teenager in a dingy motel who captures the plane's final moments on video. Within this novel's expansive scope, Kistulentz constructs an intimate, page-turning portrait of human loss.

STEVE KISTULENTZ is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Florida State University. His fiction has appeared, among other places, in Narrative and a special issue of Mississippi Review on emerging writers guest edited by Rick Moody. He is also the author of two books of poetry: The Luckless Age, which won the Benjamin Saltman Award, and Little Black Daydream. The director of the graduate creative writing program at Saint Leo University in Florida, he lives in Tampa and is currently working on a second novel.

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