In this first collection of short stories from a highly regarded poet, a girl's body reappears in the ice where she fell 50 years earlier, a businessman watches his soul abandon him as he makes a speech, and a tourist staggers through Athens as it transforms into a vision of hell. Depicting solitary figures drawn against stark, troubling backdrops, these stories probe the theme of isolation by freezeframing each character's life just at the moment when the past breaks the surface, or when the present—like the dam of the title—collapses under its own weight.
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"I started reading these stories quietly, and then became obsessed. . . . The description of the estuary is one of the best descriptions of the surface of the Earth I have ever read." —A. S. Byatt, author, Possession
"A haunting collection filled with delicate clarity." —A. L. Kennedy, author, Original Bliss
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