This is a collection of fictional short stories about people who must deal with personal dilemmas. All but two have been published on the Internet, although I have permitted myself to revise them for this book. Below I provide a one line summary for each of the fifteen stories.
"The Greatest Escape"
An eyewitness to Houdini's greatest escape.
"Katherine’s Night Out"
Katherine, a suburbanite, takes a walk one night during a snowstorm and has an adventure.
An artistic photograph fouls the relationship a good man has with his family.
"A Brief History of Saint Jasper"
A short summary of the holy life of a little known saint who never made it to heaven.
"For Paula, Drunk and Alone . . ."
Paula cannot enjoy her holiday because she doesn't know the test result of a medical exam.
"Mr Longstreet’s Short Excursion to Pittsburgh"
Mr Longstreet tries to escape his unhappiness by driving.
"Between Rage and Despair"
A married couple, having separated, still has difficulties ending the relationship.
"The Good Book"
The surprising beginnings of romance.
"Choice of Weapons"
Ken is afraid to be without a gun and must come to terms with it.
"The Cheshire Downs Dialogue"
A brief conversation between a doctor who performs abortions and a man who is religiously opposed.
"The Gospel According to Judas"
The Gospel as told from the point of view of Judas Iscariot.
Mr Longstreet gets a speeding ticket.
"At the Gates of Hell"
The story of a man's reluctance to attend his high school reunion.
A man wakes to find himself sleeping in a strange bed with a strange woman who claims to be his wife.
"The Healing of SK"
The reunion of two Vietnam veterans, one of whom is supposed to be dead.