New Collection of Essays by Matt Donovan Published

Apr 12 2016



Innovative Literature

The title cloud of Matt Donovan’s A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape refers to the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD that buried the city of Pompeii under twenty feet of ash. It’s no surprise, then, that Donovan found the site of the sacred ruins an inspiration, using their legacy to form the beginning of this extraordinary nonfiction debut. Donovan pursues the image of the cloud throughout these fourteen spellbinding essays on ruin and redemption. He explores the original atomic cloud at the Trinity test site. From there, he touches on the same image rising above Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the childhood memories of nuclear apocalypse in the 1983 film The Day After.

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