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Stopping for Strangers Paperback – Oct 15 2011
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"His characters are memorable ones, their dilemmas familiar, their judgments and actions not always for the best. Mr. Griffin's writing deserves a wide audience." --The Globe and Mail
"This fine fine collection evokes echoes of the plain and piercing voice of Raymond Carver. These stories upended me: they are strong, surprising and full of heart. The size of the soul looms large in Daniel Griffin's writing." --David Bergen
"Griffin's at his best when he explores the intricacies and heartaches of family relationship and crisis. Here, in Stopping for Strangers, I believe we're witnessing the emergence of a future master. " --Gail Dargatz Anderson
"It only takes a page or two to conclude that Daniel Griffin values precision--a precision not of meticulous detail, but of economy of the extraneous shorn away until a vital core is reached." --Jim Bartley, The Globe and Mail
"Daniel Griffin is among the nation's best when it comes to short story writing." --Elliot Ferguson, Kingstin Whig-Standard
"Those who read Stopping for Strangers and give the stories the time and attention they deserve will be handsomely rewarded. It's like putting the needle to an exquisitely rare vintage LP." --Keith Cadieux, Winnipeg Review
"The merits of Stopping for Strangers emerge ultimately from the care Griffin takes in establishing his characters in the grey zone where most us live most of the time, that place between our best intentions and worst impulses." --Joel Yanofsky, Montreal Review of Books
"Stopping for Strangers is an unusually accomplished first collection...at once honed and expansive, where precise, direct language masks incisive emotional complexity and stark psychological depth." --David Berry, National Post
About the Author
Daniel Griffin's story, The Last Great works of Alvin Cale, was a finalist for the Journey Prize in 2009. He was published in Coming Attractions 08 [Oberon, 2008], and his stories have appeared in publications such as Prairie Fire, Antigonish Review, Geist, and The New Quarterly. He lives in Victoria, BC.
Top Customer Reviews
Griffin's "less is more" philosophy continues throughout the rest of the collection, proving that the fewer words an author uses, the more the reader can imagine and collaborate with the author in discovery. In "The Last Great Works of Alvin Cale," an artist learns that his estranged son has terminal cancer and ultimately performs a shocking act, one to which the reader feels an accomplice. Additionally, the title story joins a brother and sister on a road trip to say goodbye to a dying relative. They pick up a hitchhiker yet somehow end up at his house without him. Griffin leaves final insights in the primed reader's hands.
Griffin’s talent for dialogue shines in "Martin and Lisa" where "X" highlights his ability to speak universally, portraying a young man plagued by doubt and apprehension and raising eternal, unanswerable questions.
An impressive debut from a fine Canadian writer.