the Safety Net dives into the undercurrents of middle-class
America with eleven arresting, often mesmerizing stories.
A drunken graduate student hurtles cheerfully through a snowstorm
to rescue a fianc�e who no longer wants him. A hospital maintenance
worker makes a perverse bid for his place in the sunlight
of celebrity. A man and a woman who have lost their only child
cling fiercely to the one thing they have left of her--their
grief. Whether they know it or not, the characters of Safety
Net are floating above an abyss of unruly desire, inexplicable
dread, unforeseen tragedy, and sudden moments of grace.
Net's "Gryphon", a story of a bizarre and magical
substitute teacher, has been republished in numerous short
story collections. Students interested in learning more about
"Gryphon" should consult the page devoted to often
asked questions about Gryphon.