|About the Book|
This collection of stories, of America, conveys a raw intensity allied with a keenly observant eye. A narrator, whose work is both powerful and personal, Patrick J. Power is startlingly original. He creates highly visual portrayals ofMoreThis collection of stories, of America, conveys a raw intensity allied with a keenly observant eye. A narrator, whose work is both powerful and personal, Patrick J. Power is startlingly original. He creates highly visual portrayals of below-the-radar, seldom-documented American immigrant experiences. There is intensity and sometimes darkness in stories that span the seventies, eighties and nineties- stories of life and death- love and loss- sometimes humorous, sometimes bleak and troubled.Two teens acquire an automobile and drive across America without a driving permit. They experience thought-provoking encounters with locals along the road, problems crossing the border into Mexico. There is the humorous and yet sad tale of four friends vain search for whiskey on Christmas Day, the stark portrayal of a man sinking into drug addiction having fallen in with the wrong crowd, the young Polish immigrant enticed into running a marathon of desire, an Irish immigrant who feuds with two Iranian work colleagues over immigration rules and regulations. These are undeniably stories of heartbreak and joy, from the depths of despair to the dizzy heights of life itself.The story of immigration is the story of America itself. These eighteen short stories paint a picture of how American Aliens survive and strive to evade the anxiety of their dilemma on a daily basis. The reader is challenged to think about life on the outside, the struggle of those that do not belong yet conversely keep a country alive.