Panorama

Panorama

A Chicago Review of Books Most Anticipated Fiction Book of 2018
 
A New York Post and Entertainment Weekly Must-Read Book

 

 

“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
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 be a guest on a prominent morning talk show. As he awaits the broadcast, the network interrupts with news that a jet airliner has crashed in Dallas and that everyone aboard has perished.

Within an hour, amateur videotape surfaces of the plane’s last moments, transforming the crash into a living image: familiar, constant, and horrifying. Richard learns that his sister, Mary Beth, was aboard the doomed flight, leaving behind her six-year-old son, Gabriel. Richard is the boy’s only living relative. When he is given an opportunity to bring Gabriel home, it may be that the loss of his sister will provide him with the second chapter he never knew he wanted.

In this powerful debut, Steve Kistulentz captures the sprawl of contemporary America–its culture, its values, the workaday existence of its people–with kaleidoscopic sweep and controlled intensity. Yet within the expansive scope of Panorama lies an intimate portrait of human loss rendered with precision, humanity, and humor.

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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

"In Panorama, Steve Kistulentz explores American values and culture and how human loss transforms other humans. This fast-paced novel is equally soul-searing...A great and promising debut novel that will overwhelm you as soon as you start reading it."—The Washington Book Review

"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

"Poignant...A lyrical and moving debut novel."—Publishers Weekly

"An interesting delve into lives that haven't exactly gone as planned...Readers of character-driven fiction who appreciate a happy ending will enjoy Panorama."—Kathy Sexton, Booklist