Beatrice by Stephen Dixon
120 pages, 5 x 7.25″ paperback
ISBN 13: 978-0-9906020-8-8
Release date: April 26, 2016
Preorders will ship before the release date in mid April.
Philip Seidel hasn’t gone out much since his wife died—he’s too sad. He dreads the time that he’ll finally have to emerge, only to endure his former colleagues’ sympathy and concern. But then one day Beatrice, a former student of his, stops by with a care package stuffed with homemade treats. She’d been a star in his fiction workshop, and now she’s gone on to her own life and academic career. They become lunch partners and, in a way, she saves Philip by meeting him at the cafe every other week or so—until he oversteps the bounds of their relationship and drives her away, recedes back into himself.
Stephen Dixon writes with a sensitivity, pathos, and wit that makes the small lives of Philip and Beatrice seem much bigger, more universal, and—like everyone’s—crucial.