Award-winning author Philip O. Jung presents characters in a sometimes mortal struggle against the memories of profound loss and the relentlessness of unresolved grief. In a style that is both carefully hewn and adventurous, in often memorable imagery and phrasings, and in boldly expressive syntax and punctuation, these tales are often gripping in their details of action and place yet are psychologically riveting, often surreal, at times humorous, and always sympathetic to the plights of the characters. Jung's writing has been compared to that of William Faulkner, Stephen King, and Baily White. Walter Lockwood says Jung's characters "have more dramatic internal lives than most of us do . . . [his] voice and vision are definitely original." David Cope points out Jung's "dual fascination with the child's struggle to integrate the horrors of the adult world and the adult's anguish over the direction his life has taken . . . This is masterful storytelling."