Sunday, May 25, 2014

Short Story Sunday, Day Tripper, Joe Clifford

Day Tripper is the first story in the first print collection of stories from All Due Respect and it sets a high mark for those coming after it.

The narrator is a day laborer working for an outfit called Labor Core and assigned on this day to move furniture. His companion's a guy who's saved himself by getting religion. What makes this story soar is the small details of their day in Rochester: the weather, the food, their fellow workers; the job itself--every detail is perfect in leading up to the conclusion. The mood here is superb. Our narrator is struggling to pull his life together, struggling to earn enough to get through another day, struggling with his anger, struggling over issues with his wife. Just a great little story.

1 comment:

Margot Kinberg said...

Sounds like a good 'un, Patti - thanks