Stopping for Strangers

Stopping for Strangers - Daniel  Griffin Realistic dialogue sweeps these stories along, all the pauses and fragments that make conversations credible without the tedium and repetition. The pacing is steady and the arcs restrained.

Everyday life - whether one brother visiting another with a child in tow, or two siblings driving to see their grandfather one last time before he dies - is interrupted by the unpredictable. "Wilderness begins at the end of every street."

The question of motivation sometimes lurks, sometimes looms; family members disengage and strangers offer spontaneous confessions; individuals strike out at the world and the returning blow is startling, disorienting.

(Originally appeared on BuriedInPrint.)