Life is never dull for Vincent Torno, the youngest child of an Italian-American family living in California. With a Second World War veteran father who obsesses over creating an ordered world and a mother with a mental illness that nobody talks about, Vincent's childhood is far from normal. When he grows older and moves to Seattle, he finds that life on his own is just as difficult. The Inland Sea is a collection of 12 connected stories that shape 25 years of Vincent's life. 269 pages.