Night Driving: Stories

John Vandezande, Author William Morrow & Company $16.95 (192p) ISBN 978-1-55710-051-1
Clashes of will and emotion trigger most of the 11 quietly powerful tales, set in northern Michigan, that comprise VandeZande's fictional debut. In the beautiful story ``Child Rearing,'' Oedipal jealousies erupt when an 18-year-old tries to prevent his recently widowed young mother from falling in love. In ``Road Kill,'' the varied responses of three co-workers who find an injured deer on the highway define and polarize their interrelationships. An undertow of violence ripples through this Midwestern landscape: an alcoholic National Guardsman seeks revenge on the waitress who jilts him; family members come to blows over a high-school graduate's decision to work in his father's lumber mill. Not all of the narrator's voices work equally well, yet VandeZande shows deep sympathy for his small-town or rural people even as they lash out wildly or defeat themselves. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1989
Release date: 09/01/1989
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