Up from the Bay Area, where she teaches at the University of San Francisco is Susan Steinberg. Author of Hydroplane and The End of Free Love, she is here with a great, intense new book of stories, Spectacle (Graywolf Press). "Beautifully cadenced, Spectacle explores the damage that accrues as we try to livedamage we both give and receiveand the way it silts around us to provide a shape for our lives. A difficult, painful, and yet wonderfully human book, and a very good read." - Brian Evenson. "Narrated entirely by women whose voices merge, divide, recur, and dissipate into one another, [Spectacle feels] novelistic in scope and ambition. Steinberg is a maestro of stylistic innovation, conducting orbits of narrative and motif, coaxing meaning and music from each line ... With its literary inventions and sharp storytelling, this is a masterpiece of contemporary short fiction." - Publishers Weekly.