A Chicago Review of Books Most Anticipated Fiction Book of 2018
“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.
Advance Praise for Panorama:
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 winner for Half a Life
A writer to watch.
A lyrical and moving debut novel.
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, winner of the Pulitzer Prize