William H. Gass --- essayist, novelist, literary critic --- was born in Fargo, North Dakota. He is the author of six works of fiction and nine books of essays, including LIFE SENTENCES, A TEMPLE OF TEXTSandTESTS OF TIME. Gass is a former professor of philosophy at Washington University. He lives with his wife, the architect Mary Gass, in St. Louis.
William H. Gass’s new novel moves from World War II Europe to a small town in postwar Ohio. In a series of variations, Gass gives us a mosaic of a life --- futile, comic, anarchic --- arranged in an array of vocabularies, altered rhythms, forms and tones, and broken pieces with music as both theme and structure, set in the key of middle C.