In “Melt With You,” a twenty-something learns that his boyfriend can slip into walls, a trick that becomes a sticking point during tumultuous, challenging moments in their relationship; the main character in “Shearing” is a barber who can read the minds of his clients but must sacrifice his own bits of memory to do so; “There Won’t Be Questions” features a young man who can summon lost animals to a shoebox, but suffers for it, both via physical illness and the crumbling of his relationship with his closest friend.
In the title story, the Garden of Eden starts to appear in various places around the world, and the narrator, looking down at the Trees of Life and Knowledge, must make an impossible decision regarding the most important relationship he’s ever had.
"In its magnitude of emotion and its many versions of what the world could be, Baumann's collection is a true wonder. No matter where you find yourself in Sing With Me at the Edge of Paradise, know you'll be in for a story that'll leave you breathless at the end of it." —Frankie Martinez, Southern Review of Books