Is That You, John Wayne?

Is That You, John Wayne?
Scott Garson
Queen's Ferry Press
2013

A paranoid eccentric fixates on the idea that his apartment's furnishings are being rearranged in his absence, and tries hard to communicate this in the shop where he has a post-office box and where he is, by the manager, loathed. An aging Midwesterner invests in the possibility that the charismatic accompanist who worked with his music teacher years earlier, when he was a child, was in fact a country-western star who'd briefly gone missing after the war. IS THAT YOU, JOHN WAYNE?--Scott Garson's debut full-length collection of short fictions--establishes, in its tightest sentence spaces and sweeping narrative scenes, an interface of identity and expression and compulsion and delusion that is nothing short of singular.