A talented water-polo player suffers an eye-injury that abruptly ends his auspicious sporting career in Will Chancellor's A BRAVE MAN SEVEN STOREYS TALL. An artist's commune in Berlin becomes the protagonist's questionably stable refuge, where he finds himself navigating the cut-throat, drug-addled world of contemporary art—and an entirely different identity. Chancellor tackles questions of art, ambition, and the relationship between fathers and sons in prose that deftly balances a scholar's range of reference with the plot and pace of a thriller. Fiction at its bravest best. With Christopher Bollen, Editor at Large of Interview Magazine, and author of Lightning People (2011), and Orient (forthcoming).