When John D'Agata helps his mother move to Las Vegas one summer, he begins to follow a story about the federal government's plan to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain; the result is a startling portrait that compels a reexamination of the future of human life.
"D'Agata's distinctive narrative rhythms, melancholy wit, and keen perception of the social facade and the toxic darkness it conceals make for an acid test, and a ballad about the endless enigmas of humankind." -- Donna Seaman - Booklist "The book's connections dawn on you like a reverberating rhyme in a poem." -- Matthew Gilbert - Boston Globe "When you're reading D'Agata, you're in such thrall to the dizzying literary risks he takes ... you can't help but be thrilled." -- William L. Fox - Las Vegas Weekly "This is what, at its best, contemporary narrative nonfiction aspires to, a story that, like the novel, operates on many levels at once." -- David Ulin - Los Angeles Times