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Keith Corcoran has spent his entire life preparing to be an astronaut. Finally aboard the International Space Station, hundreds of miles above Earth's swirling blue surface, he receives word that tragedy has befallen his family and that, in its wake, his wife has left him. Returning to earth, to his now empty suburban home, Keith is alone with the memories and feelings he can barely acknowledge. His experiences in space quickly dwindle to a distant memory. What remains are cul-de-sacs, big box stores, enormous parking lots. And yet out of this landscape come reconnection, friendship, and, finally, a sense of how to live under the weight of gravity. "Smart, lyrical, deeply moving." T.C. Boyle
Christian Kiefer earned a Ph.D. in American literature from University of California, Davis, and is on the English faculty of American River College in Sacramento. His poetry has appeared in various national journals including the Antioch Review and Santa Monica Review. He is also an accomplished songwriter and instrumentalist, known as a solo recording artist and as a collaborator with some of the leading lights of the indie rock scene. He lives in the hill country north of Sacramento with his wife and five sons.