Saturday, October 24, 2015
My Father Moves Through Time Like a Dirigible by Gregg Cusick
In Welding Girl, one of my favorites in the collection, a young woman uses the experience of learning a new skill to deal with her insecurities and with a family tragedy. The details of the welding process serve as a metaphor for her life in ways that are unique and fascinating. This story, like all the others, works on multiple levels that come together powerfully. Another story, Ghosts of Doubt, has a teacher, the main character, leading his class in a study of Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim. During the process he internally relates the pivotal event of his own life to the experience of Conrad's title character, losing himself in the power of that comparison while his students watch and worry.
Every story in this collection builds at a perfect pace and creates the intense, emotional impact that makes reading fiction so wonderful.
Steve Lindahl – author of Motherless Soul and White Horse Regressions