An aging inventor, burning with manic creativity, tries to reconcile with his estranged gay son. An orphaned boy draws a thuggish classmate into a relationship of escalating guilt and violence. A genteel middle-aged woman, a long-time resident of a rest home, becomes the confidante of a lovelorn teenaged volunteer.
The nine stories in You Are Not a Stranger Here are set in Los Angeles, the Midwest, New England and England. What unites them is the refined writing and a raw emotional power that carries the reader past the surface of the subject and into the core of the characters' lives. There is grief, passion, loneliness, humour and longing in these stories, but ultimately the book sets off the shock of recognition that takes readers past the cliched language of human suffering and brings them to understand their own experience through the characters' lives.
- Notes to My Biographer
- The Good Doctor
- The Beginnings of Grief
- War's End
- My Father's Business
- The Volunteer
Original title: You Are Not a Stranger Here
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
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