Stephen Byler

Searching for Intruders

Stephen Byler unveils in eleven stories the evolving self-awareness of Wilson Hues, a hapless drifter who finds himself, in strange moments of illumination, obsessed with the consequences of his own action and inaction. His dark memories -- rendered in vignettes between the stories -- intrude upon his relationships with both men and women in such a way as to remind him of his own tenderness and weakness.

“Byler’s stories sound terrific right from the start. His take on a marriage in extremis is subtle and expert; so is his grasp of the skittery details. . . . Artful and affecting. . . ”