A discussion of David Gates’s collection of stories, A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me—and an opportunity to meet other Las Vegas readers.
Join us for our June Book Club meeting, where we'll be discussing the stories and novella gathered in David Gates’s collection, A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me.
Gates’s characters, young or old or neither, are well educated, broadly knowledgeable, often creative and variously accomplished, whether as a doctor or a composer, an academic or a journalist. And every one of them carries a full supply of the human condition: parents in assisted-living—or assisted-dying—facilities, too many or too few people in their families and marriages, the ties that bind a sometimes messy knot, age an implacable foe, impulses pulling them away from comfort into distraction or catastrophe. Terrifyingly self-aware, they refuse to go gently—even when they’re going nowhere fast, in settings that range across the metropolitan and suburban Northeast to the countryside upstate and in New England. Relentlessly inventive, alternatively hilarious and tragic, always moving, this book proves yet again that Gates’s stories, asThe Boston Globe concluded, “have something for which many fiction writers would make a pact with any sort of devil—utter authenticity.”
An hour-long discussion will be followed by an informal reception. Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance.
Copies of A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me can be purchased in paperback at The Writer's Block Book Shop. Registration for the Book Club is not required.