The Noise of Other People Inventing
The Noise of Other People Inventing is a collection of eight short stories that range from the angst of suburban youth to the fabulist tale of a plastic honey bear that loves his owner. Each story contains a single transgression, or a series of transgressions, that test its characters' capacities to love and give of themselves, often at to their great personal detriment. Four of the stories, Madison, CT, Eulogy, Ordinary Tuesdays , and Melting Wax, take a look at death, adultery, parental love and betrayal, as well as friendship. The four remaining stories, Another Life, Honey Bear, A Piece of the Light, and Blossoming Orchids, examine the possibilities of alternative lives, unrequited love in a world where a honey bear can feel, a family's quest to find the disappearing sun and how people's characters create visible patterns. These stories, whether set in this world or one that looks just like it from the outside, explore the human condition in its most raw forms.