A collection of nine stories, averaging about three thousand words each, plus a novella of twelve thousand words.The stories open the blinds on the brief experiences of people young and old, including a man giving care to a mute conniving ex-con dying of tongue cancer, an enraged woman meeting up with her ex-husband, who has something unique to offer her, a man confronting an ogreish uncle who abused him as a boy, and a man who attends a lecture on compassion only to be held captive by a wayward and ominous fellow-pilgrim.
Four stories relate the adventures of young people caught in circumstances that ultimately change their perspectives.One young man discovers an immense insect in his car, and is humiliated by his father, who has to extract the menacing bug.Another man goes with his friend to steal back a rifle, only to have the friend aim the gun at him and then shoot himself (in the foot).A young girl is lured by her odd older cousin to go trick-or-treating in July.
The novella, also a coming-of-age story, tell of a precocious boy who tries to help his mother retrieve a mysterious and possessed ancient Mayan mirror from the hands of his greedy estranged father.
Fond of chilies as I am, I approached Richard Diedrichs’s new book, Spirit of Tabasco carefully, taking first a small sample to consider the taste, aroma, and flavour before embarking on the full journey. That small sample took but a few moments, but the remainder transfixed my attention with a descent into darkness, an examination of my own morals, always a glimpse of light showing the way. Diedrichs’s writing uncaps powerful emotions, and you won’t be disappointed in any way with the smells and sights that unfold.