Losing Camille is grounded in the American Midwest, but the characters who inhabit its ten stories are on the move—from youth to independence, safety to adventure, familiar reassurance to dangerous possibility. Young or old, they are discovering the world: A young girl watches with bewilderment as her older sister tumbles out of love. A grandfather who once pitched to Babe Ruth believes an accident has given him a glimpse of his own afterlife. A class valedictorian marries on the day of his high school prom. The stories of Losing Camille, in their exuberance and sorrow, mark the points of departure in our lives.