• The storytelling in this book––tender and attentive, starkly poetic and always surprising––moved me at every turn.
    — Attica Locke, author of 'Bluebird, Bluebird' and 'Pleasantville'
  • This is a new classic––not only of the mysterious, evergreen pull of the City of Angels, but of American fiction at large.
    — James Frey, author of 'A Million Little Pieces' and 'Bright Shiny Morning'
  • Scott O’Connor’s vision of Los Angeles...brings to mind another one of the city’s definitive portraits, Robert Altman’s 'Short Cuts', but has a gnostic brilliance that is entirely his own.
    — Matthew Specktor, author of 'American Dream Machine'
  • Scott O'Connor's beautifully wrought stories are sharp-edged, unflinching, and filled with the kind of precision of language that etches images into the mind.
    — Marisa Silver, author of 'Little Nothing' and 'Mary Coin'

Stories from A Perfect Universe have been Shortlisted for the Sunday Times/EFG Story Prize, listed as Distinguished in Best American Short Stories, and published in Zyzzyva, The Rattling Wall, f(r)iction, VLAK, and as an Amazon Kindle Single.

Scott O’Connor’s novels have been hailed as “astonishing” (Library Journal), and “so insistently stirring, you want to lean in close to catch every word” (The New York Times Book Review). Now, from the author of Untouchable and Half World comes A Perfect Universe, a piercingly emotional cycle of stories in the tradition of Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad and Annie Proulx’s Close Range.

Welcome to the often-overlooked corners of sun-bleached Los Angeles, where a teenaged bicycle thief searches for a kidnapped boy, a young musician emerges as the lone survivor of a building collapse, and an aging actor faces the erasure of his past. There, far from the Hollywood spotlight, we also meet two sisters locked in a destructive cycle of memory and illness, coffee-shop regulars whose lives are torn apart by a stunning moment of violence, and the desperate, fraudulent writer whose fictions connect these unforgettable characters in subtle and surprising ways.

Sharply observed, exhilaratingly paced, and beautifully written, A Perfect Universe is a masterful exploration of growing up and growing old, loss and longing, identity and deception, and the search for redemption, humanity, and grace.

MyAnna Buring performs "Interstellar Space" from A Perfect Universe. Directed by Cedering Fox