Monday, October 1, 2012
Tell Everyone I Said Hi
Simpson's stories take place in the heart of people's worlds--these are small town people who just live their everyday lives. They live their lives, they go to work, they travel, and they end relationships.
I had two favorite stories in this book. The first was "Peloma," told in first person by a father dealing with the grief of his wife and the adolescent agony of his overweight daughter. As she attempts suicide, he also deals with a promotion at work gone wrong. It's a beautiful tale of love and understanding that ground into my heart.
My other favorite was the title story, "Tell Everyone I Said Hi." Who hasn't dealt with heartbreak and regret? If you haven't then I would argue that you are missing a vital part of life. That exact love and regret and frustration at what you didn't do comes across like a brilliant white, crisp shirt in this story. Coulda, shoulda, woulda.
Simpson never quite leaves you satisfied with his stories, and that's what I appreciated most about this book. Nothing is tied up and with a neat little bow; you leave each of his narratives hoping that all will be fine eventually. But you aren't handed a happy ending on a silver platter. You must look for it in your own mind and your own being.