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It isn’t often that a short story sticks with me for years and years. But some of these tales are unforgettable. Including “Confession,” which finds a priest in a confessional with a man who admits murdering a young woman – a breathtaking story. And “Waiting for Sputnik” – about a teenage boy who loses his hand in a car accident with his dad at the wheel, and what that does to the boy and his family. Uncanny insight here. Some of the stories are particularly timely, including “The Last Refuge,” about a Muslim-American man who has lost his wife and daughter in a nuclear holocaust that incinerated Seattle, and who is now on the run in a hate-filled, anti-Muslim America.
Weighty subjects. Great storytelling. I highly recommend William Cook’s short story anthology.
As I read each tale, crafted with wisdom and with empathy, I was left with the impression of gentle stream, filled with stones of varying shapes and sizes. Some I marveled over, examining from different angles, delighting in their symmetry and beauty. Others left me reflecting how sharp and painful carrying such a burden would have to be. All were different, all were special, all were smoothed and shaped by the clear water of talent flowing over them.