The winner of the Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize, this collection by Danielle Evans explores how history haunts us, personally and collectively. In "Boys Go to Jupiter," a white college student tries to reinvent herself after a photo of her in a Confederate-flag bikini goes viral, while in "Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain," a photojournalist confronts her own losses while attending a friend's unexpectedly dramatic wedding. And in the title novella, a black scholar is drawn into a complex historical mystery that spans generations and puts her job, her love life, and her oldest friendship at risk.
"Danielle Evans demonstrates, once again, that she is the finest short story writer working today."—Roxane Gay