Farewell Navigator: Stories : In this dazzling debut collection, Leni Zumas shines a bright light into the far corners of a dark, dreamlike America populated by a cast of characters on the brink of survival. A teenage boy discovers his blind mother making a pass at his new best friend; a woman works in a factory by day and tends to a menagerie of sick animals by night; an aspiring witch is disillusioned by her spiritual shortcomings; a girl from a town so small it doesn't exist on any map runs away with a rock band, all the while attempting to chart her way back home. The odds stacked against them, Zumas's lovingly rendered outsiders find connectedness and redemption in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Even the most surreal and ethereal moments take on a surprising familiarity, and the darkest experiences are imbued with unexpected hope. To become engrossed in Zumas's world is a strange and beautiful delight.