Flitting across the gamut from somber to triumphant, Kate Wisel’s collection of linked stories Driving in Cars with Homeless Men is a cross-sectional depiction of moving through and escaping from abusive relationships. The novel follows four women as their lives intersect, drift apart, and crash back together, all of them united by their common, hidden pain. Through their unique perspectives, the clinging spider web of trauma is examined, in addition to coping mechanisms both positive and self-destructive. As the women claw their way toward something greater than survival, their bond becomes a bulwark, demonstrating both the breadth of the epidemic of violence against women and the necessity of seeking out support. Quietly powerful and timely, Driving in Cars with Homeless Men is both an ode to and a call to action for all affected by relational violence.
Driving in Cars with Homeless Men
University of Pittsburgh Press
Hardcover $23.00 (192pp)