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Jonathan Evison’s Small World: A Novel is set against such iconic backdrops as the California gold rush, the development of the transcontinental railroad, and a speeding train of modern-day strangers forced together by fate. In exploring their lives and those of their ancestors, Small World chronicles 170 years of American nation-building from numerous points of view across place and time – and asks whether our nation has made good on its promises. In The Angel of Rome: And Other Stories, Jess Walter tackles the modern condition in a dazzling range of voices, backdrops, and situations. A teenage girl tries to live up to the image of her beautiful, missing mother. A shy 21-old studying Latin in Rome finds himself face-to-face with the Italian actress of his adolescent dreams. And an elderly couple confronts the writer eavesdropping on their conversation. In Jonathan Ames’ The Wheel of Doll: A Novel, Happy Doll is a charming if occasionally inexpert private detective. A veteran of both the Navy and LAPD, he supplements his meager income as a P.I. by working at a local Thai spa that offers “special services.” But he’s out of his depth with one violent patron – and then an old friend from his days as a cop shows up at his door with a bullet in his gut. And in Antoine Wilson’s Mouth to Mouth: A Novel, our narrator listens as Jeff Cook, a former classmate, tells him how his life changed course after he resuscitated a drowning man. Afterward, Jeff needed to learn more about him – and as he did, the paths of the two men come together and diverge in dizzying ways, until the novel’s staggering ending.