Life on the Planet

by Stephen Sangirardi

In this wide-ranging collection, mid-career author Sangirardi’s stories carry us from a modern suburban rivalry in which tempers flare to a school meeting where a voluble mother in front of a microphone cause her daughter unbearable suspense—and then back into the reaches of our cultural history, to full imaginings of crucial events in the Bible’s Second Book of Kings and in the fictional lives of Shakespeare’s Michael Cassio and Vergil’s Aeneas and Dido. With a voice that gently mocks his characters for dimming their consciences, Stephen Sangirardi’s unique voice fills both modern and antique characters with the temporizing thoughts that make all decisions conditional, and all our lives unfinished masterpieces. A 2009 issue.