By Bruce Meyer
Toast Soldiers is a evocative short story collection from award-winning poet and author, Bruce Meyer. Stunningly dark and full of beautiful incongruities and absurdities, the stories center on characters grappling with a confounding universe. A boxer returns to his hometown after a decade away and, instead of finding solace from his failures in the ring, arrives in a ghost town that has taken as many, if not more, punches than he has ever had to endure himself. A prospector in the far north crashes his Curtis Jenny biplane in a snowstorm and during the night he witnesses his life unfold in the cinematic glow of the Northern Lights. A child with an imaginary friend murders his abusive father but learns that kindness is just a shadow away. A veteran of World War One attempts to prove, once and for all, that a horrific event he was part of was real despite historians who argue to the contrary. And there are many more. Toast Soldiers tells the stories of individuals who fight against the invincible fates they confront and attempt to assert themselves even though they know they are facing defeat.