Perfect Conditions (pre-order)
by Vanessa Blakeslee
From the unforgiving surf of Costa Rica to hidden vineyards in the South of
France, the stories in Perfect Conditions span the globe: a deep sea fisherman discovers he may not be allowed to return home when his contract expires; a young woman mourns the death of a dear friend she cannot save; a newlywed couple embark on a disastrous honeymoon.
PRAISE FOR VANESSA BLAKESLEE:
Praise for Juventud:
"Among the many things to admire about Vanessa Blakeslee's first novel, Juventud, foremost must be its ambition ... Blakeslee has upped her game in Juventud, by and large maintaining control over a terrain that, vast as it is, feels nonetheless suited to her talent. At her best, she can enliven every corner of that terrain, so that as her protagonist's world expands, its connections sharpen."
"From Colombia to Washington, DC, Juventud crosses international borders as it follows the growth of a singular young woman. Half romance, half meditation on global affairs, it portrays how the past can affect the present and how memory can be fallible. And above all, it demonstrates that while personal history can influence someone, it does not have to define them."
"Blakeslee’s poetic language and exquisite descriptive detail give Juventud a canvas on which to portray what it is like to grow up with daily peril and family secrets ... The characters’ intriguing discussions about social justice, good and evil, activism, love, forgiveness, and hope serve to strengthen and enhance the story’s essence."
—Jewish Book Council
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Vanessa Blakeslee’s novel Juventud won the 2015 IPPY Bronze Medal in Literary Fiction and was a finalist for Foreword Review’s Book of the Year. Her short story collection Train Shots won the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal in Short Fiction.
Publication Date: August 2018