Matters Familiar is an anthology of short stories, offering 12 tales from inside complex contemporary relationships featuring parents; kids; convicts; hustlers; lawyers; politicians; and other undesirables:
A small girl, suffocating in the growing culture of fear around her, struggles to take the high ground.
A recently-divorced father sharing custody of his young son learns about parenting in an unlikely place--Death Row.
Adrift in his own life and desperate for a belief system, a young man finds direction and purpose from a surprising source.
Two brothers try to make sense of their lives after their domineering mother's death.
A girls' softball team rebels and instructs parents and coaches in the true spirit and value of competition.
A retired cowgirl, her best friend, and a colorful collection of co-conspirators resort to drugs, kidnapping, and interstate flight to escape the nursing home and reclaim their lives.
A vignette, after infidelity was declared an Olympic sport. [Sexually explicit.]
An amnesiac accident victim recovers more than his health among strangers in a small Southern town.
Two boys, one mother; two lives, lived together, but separated from birth.
A stressed-out, top-dollar attorney complains about the bill and unwittingly becomes his plumber's Zen pupil.
Worried about his sickly nephew's future, a dutiful mob soldier finds inspiration an ocean and an age away.
A scandal-plagued politician contemplates suicide, but checks in with his estranged cousin, a journalist, to try to sort things out first.