The thirteen short stories in Tara Laskowski‘s Bystanders are filled with imperfect, guilt-ridden men and women at crossroads in their lives. Many are starved for change and want to make daring choices, yet shame, responsibilities, and self-loathing keep them trapped and unhappy. In their paralysis, they are spectators to accidents, hauntings, bad acts, and misplaced love.
In “The Witness,” Marie, a young wife, is an eyewitness to a little boy being hit and killed while riding his bike. In the following days, Marie becomes fixated on the man who was driving the car… READ MORE