By Kyle Boelte
In this extraordinary debut, Boelte units up a twin narrative: one investigates San Francisco's weather to give an explanation for the technological know-how in the back of the omnipresent fog; one other explores Boelte's reminiscence in addition to letters, notes, newspaper articles, and different artifacts that inform the tale of his brother's brief existence and eventual suicide.
Weaving a posh and fascinating tale from own, old and environmental threads, Boelte's look for that means takes him to a variety of unforeseen areas: from San Francisco Bay circa 1901, while fog used to be liable for generally sinking steamships, to a cavernous scientific library the place he reviews the bleak info of asphyxiation and demise via striking; from the redwood forests the place scientists are actually studying approximately fog's skill to maintain lifestyles, to a beat-up cardboard field containing stories of his long-dead brother.
The appealing Unseen is as a lot a meditation on experiencing loss at an early age because it is a learn of the impermanence of reminiscence, the technological know-how of fog and the background of San Francisco.
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