The Grievers' Group
From Stay Thirsty Publishing
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Three evenings a week the North End Grievers' Group meets in Tacoma, Washington, at the home of its therapist, a woman with her own bizarre life story. The group has six members who mourn their losses in vastly different ways: one is suicidal and terribly difficult to like; another joined the group under suspicious circumstances, while yet a third serves up stories of a lifelong series of love affairs. One has won a lot of money in Las Vegas while trying to loosen the grip of grief's talons, one drives around town in her dead husband's brand-new Porsche; and the last caused the death of a loved one – personally delivering it from the barrel of a gun.
Loss, regret, guilt, damage, heartbreak, and despair are the emotions that simmer in each of their bereavements. Yet, at times, everything seems comic – probably because tragedy and comedy are so intertwined that tears can turn into laughter or laughter into tears in the blink of an eye.
The Grievers' Group lets you peer beneath the surface of these people to see how they handle grief, a part of life that everyone must confront at some point.
About Richard Wiley
Richard Wiley is the author of numerous stories and the novels Soldiers In Hiding (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Best American Fiction), Fools' Gold, Festival for Three Thousand Maidens, Indigo, Ahmed's Revenge (winner of the Maria Thomas Fiction Award), Commodore Perry's Minstrel Show ("The best book you've never heard of!"-anonymous), The Book of Important Moments, Bob Stevenson, and Tacoma Stories.
The Grievers' Group is his ninth novel and his tenth work of fiction.
Richard has lived and worked in Korea (where he was a Peace Corps volunteer), Japan, Nigeria and Kenya. And for twenty-six years he was a professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Many of his stories are taken from those experiences. With Tacoma Stories and The Grievers' Group, he has set his fiction in the Pacific Northwest.
Richard Wiley is professor emeritus of English and a board member of Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He now lives in Los Angeles, California.