SueAnn mourns for her son, who hanged himself. Slater is left impotent by the loss of his father, who deliberately overdosed on pills and alcohol. Holly can't let go of her boyfriend, who shot himself. But if suicide has stolen their capacity to laugh, it has honed their sense of absurdity. Even in the darkest undertones of what her characters think and say, Toni Graham reveals a piercingly funny cast, short on patience with themselves and the incongruous pieties of daily life in the Heartland.
If they weren't already Hope Springs outsiders, suicide has made sure of it. Failing to fit in, they try to change, if only for themselves: Holly joins an online dating service; SueAnn works on her vocabulary; Slater gets liposuction. They keep moving forward and backward and, when their paths cross outside of their regular Wednesday meetings, sometimes a little sideways.
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 152
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Graham's people seek solace in ways grim, odd, desperate, and even hilarious; they are at all times the wretched ghosts of the ones they've lost, yet cannot escape. And somehow we love them, grieve with them, as Graham does not allow us to escape this, either. She is a writer of extraordinary, incisive courage, sparing her characters and her readers nothing. No mercy, but all heart.--Brad Watson "author of Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives "
[A] poignant and darkly humorous look at life after loss. . . . Each character's battle with faith, family, and personal responsibility is rendered with Graham's signature sharp wit.--Publishers Weekly