The Architect of Flowers
Trouble has been simmering in the year since David Darby s wife died unexpectedly. Now, as Y2K approaches, it has come to a boil .
Acclaimed for The Wasp Eater, his first collection of stories, Lychack focuses now on a fascinating range of human behavior. With a fluency of tone and a gifted eye, he examines the dark and unfathomable moments i...more
He is able to describe things in almost a dream-like detail. In the story, "Griswald", the first few paragraphs have such great descriptions of the place and people. Also in "Like a Demon", in ...more
My love for novels is growing from almost nothing to big things, Lychack is part of the process.
His characters are profoundly human, they have resonated in my heart though I'm not aware or keen to know the exact feelings of some of the situations his characters evolve through.
I worried for them while following their stream of consciousness and their memories.
It is a beautiful collection of novels, I know it would be one of the few unique books I'd ...more
While Lychack's collection in The Architect of Flowers didn't quite do that, it still impressed me. There were a few stories in this collection that had me gasping at the beauty, laughing at the turn of bad luck involving a set of chicks and crying with sorrow at the circumstances surround ...more
The stories here are, to a surprising degree, haunted by parental death. Or at least that's how I'm reading it-- it might be something grander, the end of one world and ...more
Poetic writing drives the best stories in Lychack’s first collection: Thirteen stories, two of which were collected in the Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart anthologies. These tales of sometimes anonymous middle-class New Englanders read like vignettes or character studies; others are full-blown stories.