I'm preoccupied with how the practice of secret-keeping begins, with putting my finger on the origin of behavior as easily as I might touch a map to locate a town or a river. Perhaps pinpointing these intersections--of time and geography, the movement of ordinary lives along those continuums--will help reshape a memory fractured by omissions.
Kim Dana Kupperman's essays plumb the emotional and spiritual depths of a transitory life. Her episodic 'missives' cover territory from the chaos of a frenetic childhood to love affairs, failed and otherwise, to the Chernobyl nuclear accident, to an ocean-crossing search for her family's Eastern European roots. In confident, lyrical prose, Kupperman leads the reader through a winding gallery--a collection of still lifes and portraits, landscapes of loneliness and love.