Emotionally whirlpooled by grief, memory and a reality-bending train, Joshua Kendall rediscovers pieces of his past and wonders if they can be reassembled differently.
Those night train whistles over Midwest fields are, most times, just trains. Sometimes they're more. Sometimes they'll stir blood, twist the universe on itself, flatten and re-shape reality like a penny on the rails.
Ask Josh Kendall: He learns one December night, heading to Five Mile Bridge, in a far corner of Ohio, intent on mourning his friend Kallie. But a jarring message and one of those world-bending locomotives wash Josh backward in time and memory, giving him the chance to rediscover pieces of the past he thought he'd lost.
He wonders if those bits can be put back into place differently.
Too late, Joshua realizes his actions are rippling through the paths of time backward as well as forward, and as his mind wrestles with pasts he cannot remember, those roads which have never existed are suddenly very real beneath his feet.
Described in an Underground Literary Alliance review as "well-written weirdness" that "lingers in a haunting manner," Crossing Decembers is a story of phantom trains, resurrections, and the vital pieces of life we sometimes have to pry loose like trilobites from shale before we can understand their place in the whole.