To the accompaniment of songs of whales in the Gulf, Clayton reflects on his life, his children now gone and his wife so familiar that he moves into the attic to find the space he needs. It takes a beached whale and the struggle to lessen the animal’s suffering before Clayton begins to gain a new perspective.
The short story collection Poached Egg On Toast showcases Itani’s ability to shine a clear light on what it feels like to be an outsider, displaced and disconnected from the world at hand, and how a single, small moment can cause a seismic shift in our emotional landscape. Wickedly funny and unbearably sad, Itani’s stories leave us with a renewed sense of humanity.
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