By Mark Dunn

From the award-winning and hugely acclaimed writer of Ella Minnow Pea comes Mark Dunn's such a lot bold novel to this point. American Decameron tells 100 tales, every one happening in a special 12 months of the 20 th century.

A woman in Galveston is born at the eve of an excellent typhoon and the sunrise of the 20 th century. Survivors of the Lusitania are by accident reunited within the North Atlantic. A member of the Bonus military locate himself head to head with common MacArthur. A failed author makes an attempt to finish his existence at the Golden Gate Bridge until eventually an unforeseen heroine involves his rescue, and at the doorstep of a brand new millennium, because the clock moves twelve, the level is decided for a beautiful denouement because the American century converges upon itself in a Greenwich nursing domestic, tying jointly the entire prior stories and the final 100 years.

Zany and affecting, deeply relocating and wildly hilarious, American Decameron is one America's strongest voices on the best its game.

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5 billion years ago, the Moon is about 2,000 miles across and has an airless environment with no wind or weather and extreme temperatures ranging from +250 degrees Fahrenheit to -380 degrees Fahrenheit. The Moon’s surface consists primarily of anorthosite (the light-colored areas), and its many craters were formed from the bombardment of countless asteroids, comets, and meteorites over time. Some of these craters filled with lava that cooled to form basalt. The dark areas on the Moon are similar to the rocks of Hawaii.

The dog was an even-tempered little terrier and the first living creature to travel in “outer” space. I couldn’t help but think about my childhood terrier, Oscar. Unfortunately, Laika died within hours of Sputnik 2’s launch. I suddenly realized that outer space was a new frontier for human exploration, and I just knew that human beings would follow right behind robotic satellites and animals in space. There’s no other way to say it—Sputnik changed my life. I wanted to be a part of this exciting new field, and I was absolutely sure that I wanted to be a space explorer.

But suddenly, to our amazement and alarm, we watched as the plane began to take a serious nosedive. It even looked as if it might crash. Somehow, the pilot straightened out the plane and managed to land it on a makeshift runway among our rows of white fluffy cotton plants. Dad grabbed my hand and we ran toward the plane to see if the pilot was okay. The young man looked a little shaken but was grinning from ear to ear. He told us he was a barnstormer and had run out of gas, and he apologized for having to make an unfortunate but necessary pit stop on our farm.

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