Donald Breckenridge takes readers on a hypnotically broken journey, chronicling his fathers slow and deliberate death, interweaving the stories of others: a young woman's hopeful arrival in New York City, a young man's voyeuristic summer spent housesitting for his professor, and a soldier who never made it out of Vietnam. What they all have in common is a deep preoccupation with the way lives resonate and connect, an emotionally honest love story about how we relate to others and ourselves. And Then will be treasured by readers who look to literature to find solace and meaning in trying times.
Donald Breckenridge is the fiction editor of the Brooklyn Rail, co-founder and co-editor of InTranslation, and the managing editor of Red Dust Books. He has written four novels, edited two fiction anthologies, and introduced the NYRB Classics edition of Henri Duchemin and His Shadows by Emmanuel Bove.
"I was moved and often startled by And Then, a brown study of the hold the dead maintain over the living, of yearning, memory and regret. The writing is vivid, direct, clear; always surprising, always a pleasure to read." -Christopher Sorrentino
"In this crisp, fragmented novel, Breckenridge captures the dwelling of lost souls in living minds…introducing the supernatural into his compact, propulsive tales." -Publishers Weekly
"And Then is an exciting and wholly inventive read." - Necessary Fiction