In these 11 short stories by a true master of the form, Grant Tracey guides us across a wide expanse of time and place but always deep into the interior lives of the characters we encounter. From 1918 New York to 1971 Toronto to contemporary Cedar Falls, Iowa - instantly we become involved in the complex relationships of movie actors, college professors, school custodians, teenagers, housewives...always firmly and richly enmeshed in their cultures via copious allusions to history, literature, cinema, TV, and the slang that punctuates their spot-on dialogue. Final Stanzas is a tour de force by a writer who is always mindful of his craft and attentive to the minutest of details.
Narrators include Grant Tracy, Shelly Criswell, J.D. Schraffenberger, Travis Landhuis, Jacob Meade, Rick Vanderwall, Jeffrey Copeland, Richard Glockner, Danny Z. Katz and Mitchell D. Strauss.