St. Louis, Leningrad, Santa Fe, Paris--no matter where these stories take us, we return to the inward experience of doubt, faith, love and unforeseen renewal. In the title story, we encounter a theater company struggling to come to terms with corruption on both sides of the Stage Door. "Blind" features a cello maker who discovers he is jealous of his wife's close friendship with her gay male hair stylist.In "We'll Meet Again," the conflict between a sister and brother comes to a head attheir father's funeral. "La Casita" concerns a middle-aged painter who fears the loss of his patron who has a new boyfriend. "In This Economy" shows us another painter who drifts aimlessly around the world with his rich lover instead of painting. These characters confront crises--both spiritual and moral--at ever yturn. And find hope by staying fully engaged.
“[A] radiant and emotionally nuanced collection. … Each of these irre¬sistible stories beguiles, captivates, and gives us a clear-eyed reminder of what it feels like to be alive.”
—Lewis Robinson, author of Water Dogs and Officer Friendly and Other Stories
“Alfred DePew packs these stories and novellas with the whole of human experience. Weddings and funerals, loneliness and desire, sing¬ing and dancing, love and forgiveness, art and murder and mayhem. His insights into the human condition frequently took my breath away. A Wedding Song for Poorer People is beautifully written, deeply engaging—and hugely, ridiculously entertaining.”
—Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys and Ernie’s Ark
“DePew is a master of dialogue, conversations tense with longing and silence … These stories suggest that no matter how connected one is to one’s purpose, … what pulls us in and out of safety is what another demands of us—what we can or cannot give …”
—Susan Stenson, author of Could Love a Man and Nobody Move
“Alfred DePew can do no wrong in this collection of stories as he … takes up the age-old question of the purpose and power of art. … DePew is a master of the gentle satire, of irony and desert-dry wit, … A Wedding Song for Poorer People is a book of crazy wisdom, filled to the brim with laughter, generosity, and grace.”
—Agnes Bushell, author of The Enumerator and Local Deities
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