Stopping for Strangers is Daniel Griffin’s acclaimed short story collection detailing the lives of artists, lovers, brothers, and strangers, probing love and loss, and the family ties that bind. A father renews an old artistic rivalry with his dying son; a raucous family gathering ends in tragedy; a quick stop to pick up a hitchhiker begins a chain of events that changes a man’s life. Dark yet uplifting, these tales journey to the heart of what matters in the tangled lives of people on the edge of crisis.
Stopping for Strangers was shortlisted for the ReLit Award, won Runner Up for the Danuta Gleed award and was on the Long list for the Frank O’Connor Award.
Praise for Stopping for Strangers
“This fine fine collection evokes echoes of the plain and piercing voice of Raymond Carver. These stories upended me: they are strong, surprising and full of heart. The size of the soul looms large in Daniel Griffin’s writing.”
— David Bergen, Giller Prize winning author of The Time in Between
“Griffin’s at his best when he explores the intricacies and heartaches of family relationship and crisis. Here, in Stopping for Strangers, I believe we’re witnessing the emergence of a future master. ”
—Gail Anderson-Dargatz, best selling author of The Cure for Death by Lightning
“It only takes a page or two to conclude that Daniel Griffin values precision – a precision not of meticulous detail, but of economy, of the extraneous shorn away until a vital core is reached”
—Jim Bartley, Review in The Globe and Mail
“Stopping for Strangers is the finest debut collection of short fiction I have read since Alexander MacLeod’s Light Lifting in 2010: My praise doesn’t get any higher than that.”
—Robert Wiersema in the Victoria Times-Colonist
“Stopping for Strangers is an usually accomplished first collection, featuring stories at once honed and expansive, where precise, direct language masks incisive emotional complexity and stark psychological depth.”
—David Berry in The National Post