Panorama

Panorama

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.

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Genre: Fiction / Fiction / Contemporary Women

On Sale: March 6th 2018

Price: $13.99

Page Count: 400

ISBN-13: 9780316551779

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Praise

"PANORAMA is a remarkable literary work, rare in its ability to be both thematically complex and a compelling read. Steve Kistulentz remarkably transforms our TV culture's participatory tragedy into a deep meditation on human connectedness. This is a stunning debut by an important new writer."
Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
"Written with an intimate precision, Panorama brings tremendous compassion to people we take for granted ...This book, with its enormous ambition, serves to remind us that it's necessary and human to feel."—Chris Offutt, author of Kentucky Straight
"Panorama lives up to its title. This is a novel aswim in language, in drama, in character -- it has the kind of bigness we too rarely see in fiction anymore. Steve Kistulentz is a hell of a writer, and this is a hell of a hard book to put down."—Darin Strauss, National Book Critics Circle Award winner for Half a Life
"It has been said that a good novelist is also by default a first-rate sociologist and psychologist, too -- along with being a magician. Panorama perfectly exemplifies this truth. In sharp, smart prose, Steve Kistulentz portrays the terrible strands of tragedy. The result is an engrossing, powerful, capacious novel, and a very impressive debut."—Richard Bausch, PEN/Malamud Award-winning author of Peace
"A heartbreaking but ultimately heartfilling day in the life of a country in existential crisis, a panorama of points of view, and a novel about the ways we lose and find one another. Just read it."—Tom Franklin, New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
"Fast-paced, energetic, searing. There are moments in Steve Kistulentz's Panorama that will take your breath away."—Daniel Alarcón, author of Lost City Radio
"Kistulentz confidently sets up and populates the panorama of the book's title...This book has the architecture of a great novel...A writer worth watching."—Kirkus Reviews