David Haight’s stories in “Katharina (and other magnificent disasters)” can be brutal, biting, written on the edge of a knife that slices through your soul. Literary diamonds gleam through every scene; the writing is truly exceptional.
The reader might want to look away from the accidents of life that the author reveals. Readers might want to turn their eyes down, pretend it does not happen, hope for redemption, or at least forgiveness. But it DOES happen.
Each short story in David Haight’s new book carries the stamp of truth, the passion for life, that small glimmer of hope or even humor that just might save all of us. Maybe. Hopefully?
The dialog is extraordinary, like listening to the truth on steroids spoken by people who have lost all of their illusions, and often much of their humanity.
If it were not for the enlightenment offered by the author’s vision, it might be a painful journey traveling through his pages. It is not, however. It is a learning experience that stays with you, touches and teaches you, long after you carefully close the book. “Katharina (and other magnificent disasters)” is five-star writing at its best. – Temple Emmet Williams, a former editor of The Reader’s Digest, award-winning author.