A courtroom artist becomes an art forger in "Doubling"—one of the 15 stories in this collection, in which characters search for meaning in a world of appearances—by the author of L.C. In some of the other tales, Oscar Wilde visits Coney Island; a woman finds that dubbing foreign films is more complex than she had imagined; and Alice (of Wonderland fame) is at an upstate New York amusement park, still in mourning for the Sheriff of Nottingham, who has joined the marines.
"These are fine and moving stories about the death of meaning, about persons trying to decode the seas of signals in which they float and drown, failing…. This is an important collection by one of the most intelligent and attentive writers at work in the U.S. today."—David Foster Wallace