This collection is an insightful interpretation of the complexities of emotion and circumstance. Spanning decades and generations, with a fantastic array of settings, Michael Shay introduces characters who are delightful, tragic, and indisputably honest. Big Ed is the skeletal embodiment of perseverance in his delicate care for Mrs. P; finding a much-needed surprise at the scene of a remote accident, Michael Kincannon negotiates the balance between possibility and the burden of conscience; Renee Akschmidt and Bob Rogers enjoy a refreshing change of pace in chance meetings with odd strangers. Friends and family dance in and out of each story, their relationships edifying Shay's collection as a truly exceptional whole.
|Publisher:||Ghost Road Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)|
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This is a wonderful, eclectic collection of short stories, which even the most discerning reader will find fascinating. Whether it be the post-WWII Japanese doctors practicing in America in The Good Doctors or the contemporary coming-of-age Wyomingite hunting a tagger who¿s spray-painting messages in Latin in Go, Ray, Go, Shay colors his stories with subtle shades of humor, pathos, and irony. In Safe At Any Speed, the penchant of Florida¿s senior citizens for souped-up golf carts instead of cars is sure to bring a chuckle to most, whereas the insightful story of a husband whose wife is going off to war in Iraq in The Weight of a Body, reminds readers of what war-torn families in America must be going through every day. There¿s something of interest here for everyone. One hopes this will be the first of many anthologies by this promising new writer.