Synopses & Reviews
Evers’s latest is a collection of 12 stories centered on family. In “Lakelands” the young victim of a hate crime copes with the imprisonment of his father who has attacked the perpetrators of the crime. In “Wings” a woman tries to conceal from her family a tattoo that she has gotten in memory of her sister. Doing things for family—out of love or fear—is a theme that runs through these stories with particular success in “Live from the Palladium” about a single mother trying to push her flailing son into the unforgiving world of stand up comedy the same profession his deceased father once had. “Swarm” a futuristic story about the darker side of live streaming is inventive. The dialogue throughout the collection is a bit flat and formal and sometimes characters can barely be distinguished from one another: the grandfather in “These Are the Days” for instance sounds like a mournful composite of elderly characters we’ve met before and sounds especially similar to the father in “Lakelands.” There are nice memorable moments in these stories but like the characters they begin to run together. Agent: Lucy Luck Aitken Alexander Associates. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Stuart Evers writes with uncanny psychological acuity. The inventive, elegant stories in Your Father Sends His Love illuminate the precarious and electrifying connections between parents and children. Evers s unforgettable characters long to repair relationships that have faltered or that never quite began. A single father goes to jail for avenging a hate crime perpetrated against his gay son; a mother returns home to her husband and children after an affair; an aging grandfather mediates between his quarreling son and granddaughter; a man waits at the pub, frantically listing things he might say to a suffering friend.
With wit, subtlety, and uncommon sensitivity, Evers captures those pivotal moments between parents and children when emotions are urgently felt yet impossible to express. In this, he explores new realms of passion and estrangement. With his precise, energetic prose, Evers crafts a group of stories that explore familial love in all of its forms.