In this searing and beautiful collection of letters to his vanished — or vanishing — sister, Rider Sonnenreich, a young poet, retrieves memories of wild acts of imagination that once bound his sister Leya and him together.
Rider finds life at the end of the 20th century so alienating that he relentlessly travels and retreats into the imaginary in order to avoid the spectre of adulthood. Retracing the travels of long-dead poets in Southern Europe, Rider seeks Leya, but he is not sure who he will find in the end. He finds himself among other restless cosmopolitans and enigmatic wanderers as he tries to sort the real from the only dreamt. Cotler takes readers on an American odyssey of innocents abroad, through beauty, truth, and the danger our imaginations face in a culture of high-speed popular media.