In this themed collection of 13 short stories, Darcy Rhyno explores holidays – official and socially invented – as times when desires, motivations and relationships come into sharp focus.
In this collection, holidays like Christmas, Labour Day, Valentine’s Day and even the NHL Hockey playoffs become social and familial pressure cookers with the potential to find the cracks in our relationships and split them wide open. The stories explore life’s ironies: the pain doctor faced with a patient who cannot feel pain, the house painter whose goal of renewal cannot be met, the couple married on April Fool’s day. In Holidays Rhyno mines the elevated potential disappointment, disaster and redemption. In language at times graceful and playful, in narratives both poignant and dark, he offers up an arc of vividly told stories that will captivate. Crystal clear characters, compelling storytelling and rich detail – these are the hallmarks of Darcy Rhyno’s short stories. Novelist Donna Morrissey says of the book, “As with the holidays themed through his stories, Darcy Rhyno catches us with moments of delight, of thrills and surprises and, as well, moments of poignant darkness often found in the complexity in relationships.” And Beth Powning, New Brunswick author of The Sea Captain’s Wife says, “I love these stories by Darcy Rhyno, with their exploration of life’s ironies. Told in strongly varied voices, with a terrific eye for detail, Holidays probes poles of despair and longing with great compassion. This is a lovely book.”