Threatened Species: A Novella and Five Stories (Paperback)
A Michigan writer and professor at Delta College, Jeff Vande Zande knows
how to create characters that are real and recognizable. This tome is
comprised of a novella and five short stories that all take place in
Michigan (or at least start out in Michigan) and deal with the
"threatened species" of parent/child relationships due to divorce, death
or drugs. Each situation is very real, as in the divorced father who is
afraid of losing his son, or the widow who has discovered a new
lifestyle, which the dead husband's mother disapproves of. Also of
interest is the "threatened species" of fish known as the grayling,
which Grayling is named for!
Two weeksthat's all the time Ed Winters has with his son Danny before Ed's ex-wife and her new husband move with the boy to Paris. Those days, filled with fly fishing, camping, and an unplanned cross-country road trip, grow ever more desperate as Ed struggles to face the reality of losing the boy, and Danny of losing his home. Set amid the streams and backroads of Michigan and Montana, Threatened Species is a harsh but beautiful ode to fathers and sons. The novella is collected here with five other Michigan stories by Jeff Vande Zande.