A collection of short fiction by Robley Wilson
. These stories depict ordinary, recognizable people dealing with loneliness, loss and mortality. A woman and her father experience an earthquake, a man must confront his fiancee's past, and a best man arrives late for his friend's wedding.
In his fifth collection of short stories, Robley Wilson
treats fundamental questions of love, suffering, and humanity. "Why is it the worst things happen when you're most relaxed and your head's empty of everything serious?“ These words, from the narrator of the story ”Grief," are at the heart of The Book of Lost Fathers, the new collection of short fiction by Robley Wilson
. These stories depict ordinary, recognizable people dealing with loneliness, loss, and mortality. A woman and her father experience an earthquake, and the incident reinforces the frailty of the dying man. A man must confront his fianc?e's past when he realizes the identity of the “stranger” they meet on vacation. A best man arrives late for his friend's wedding, only to learn that the groom has died hours before. Combining an evocative and compassionate style with familiar characters and enduring messages, Wilson treats fundamental questions of love, suffering, and humanity. His “lost fathers” provide a common thread that weaves together stories about fathers, husbands, and lovers, past and present-and the women whose lives they change.
“This haunting collection of stories is told from the points of view of jilted women, widowed wives, bewildered children and grieving men. Characters struggle to deal with the absence of fathers, whether from desertion, natural death or the 'gradual dissolving away' of family life... The last image in the final story, 'A Day of Splendid Omens, ' finds a grieving woman cradling her young daughter as she whispers stories about the girl's dead father. The image captures the tone of the entire collection, in which Wilson adeptly illustrates in an unsentimental manner the sometimes devastating powers of family, love and loss.” — Publishers Weekly
's Robley Wilson
's previous story collections include Terrible Kisses, Living Alone, and Dancing for Men,which won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Nicholl Fellow in Screenwriting. For 31 years he edited the North American Review, and now lives in Florida with his wife, fiction writer Susan Hubbard.