Moss: Stories from the Edge of Nature

Marc Peter Keane (Author)


Overturning our grasp of what is civil and what is wild, Marc Peter Keane's collection of nine short stories revels in the illusory space between culture and nature. A garden designer by trade, Keane forays into fiction with the wisdom and sure-footedness of someone all too familiar with manipulating the boundaries of the natural world. In "A Peaceable Kingdom," the tranquil lives of a picture-postcard American family are bewildered by discoveries of untamable nature. A girl made mute by the violence of her childhood finds solace in the orderly house and pruned gardens of her uncle's country manor in "Gardens of the Soul." And in the title story, "Moss," an overworked employee in a large Tokyo corporation pines for the return of the wild to his city, while trying desperately to discern the natural from the artificial in his surroundings. From 18th century English countryside to contemporary Tokyo, from a covered wagon crossing the American desert to a high-tech private yacht crossing the Pacific, Keane's tales offer, in alluring prose, thoughts on how to understand our place as humans in the wild world.

Product Details

Mpk Books
Publish Date
May 05, 2015
5.24 X 0.59 X 7.99 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Marc Peter Keane is a garden designer, artist, and author based in Ithaca NY. Having lived in Kyoto Japan for nearly 20 years, his work is deeply influenced by the aesthetics and culture of Japan. Keane is the author of 6 books including, "Japanese Garden Design" (an introduction to the history and design of Japanese gardens), "The Japanese Tea Garden" (the history, design and aesthetics of the Japanese tea garden), "The Art of Setting Stones" (essays for the philosophical gardener, or the gardening philosopher), and "Dear Cloud" (a meditation on nature from the perspective of a unique traveler). More about his work can be seen at