Wayside Cross / Various
'Dan Domench's WAYSIDE CROSS is a stunning example of what this genre can do: these expertly inter-related dramatic monologues - spoken from this world and the next - create a complex and nuanced universe whose characters' simple speech is hugely resonant and moving. In the tradition of Steinbeck and Carver, these are the voices of the dispossessed, the disappointed, the half-mad with grief, who speak from the fringes of American society, but struggle with the contradictions and impulses, the fragility of what we are all made of. I will be listening to these stories for years to come. This is the raw, bold, real thing. It's a masterpiece, and it's poetry.' -- Jane Mead, author of 'The Usable Field.' 'I found myself wondering how many people died to make these stories. Survivors (and the dead) tell their tales with devastating aplomb and dangerous self-delusion. Domench's monologues by drunks and suicides, do-gooders and cranks, reckless lovers, and one stalwart child speak for all of us. You won't forget these people or their desperate search for words to justify their lives. There's no turning around from these stories.' -- Carol Sklenicka author of 'Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life' 'Besides the talented voices, subtle background sounds, and somber musical segues, listeners will be drawn to the writing of these performances.... One won't soon find an audiobook that is this dark and sad while also being hopeful and optimistic.' -- Audiofile Magazine reviewing Dan Domench's 'Hold Me Fast'. 'Dan Domench's work haunts, sings, slides under skin... something alive there... in the dark...Voices. Streams. Bridges. The body's steam. Somewhere between sex, voices, and silences. Here is a highly resonant, compelling, unforgettable work... from a writer and observer of the world and of the minds in it... here he documents things behind the seeing... a writer who speaks of bodies. Voices. A house by a river. An unlit Church there - in the dark.' -- Marian Haddad author of 'Somewhere between Mexico and a River Called Home'.