A short story collection, all of San Francisco takes place in that city, where Terence Clarke has lived most of his life. As Oscar Wilde observed, "It is an odd thing, but everyone who disappears is said to be seen at San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world.”
New York is Terence’s earlier collection along similar lines, but a different location across the country. New York City provides the setting for these fourteen vivid stories. In one, an attorney’s stony heart begins to soften the day he is attacked by a homeless man on the High Line. In another, a world-class ballerina’s love is won and lost. In yet another, Bouquet, a celebrated fashion photographer, ponders the picture she took in war of an orphaned boy in the Peruvian Andes. Pat, a so-so novelist, finally discovers his muse on the uptown 1 train at Canal Street. You'll find them all...in New York.
Terence Clarke lives in San Francisco. He is the author of nine books of fiction and three of non-fiction. San Francisco has always been a home for the actual task of his writing, no matter where the work itself may take place. “I can write here because it is itself an important international city. My fiction has taken place in New York City, Paris, Dublin, on the island of Borneo, and other locations, in all of which I have lived for the time required to get to know them well. ‘Place’ matters as much to me as does ‘character.’”
Terence Clarke photo courtesy of publisher