Gilbert Girion astonishes readers by revealing the depths of his characters within the mystery and spontaneity of life. Nothing feels plotted or planned, nothing is tied up or explained away, and there are no easy answers; rather, his characters struggle to live, fight and love one another in pages that feel effortless and honest. You are left with questions about your soul and the country. This is writing in the greatest American tradition that harkens back to Sam Shepard and Raymond Carver. Seek Girion out immediately. –Ramin Bahrani, filmmaker
Gilbert Girion is primarily a playwright, though he has also written for film and has had short fiction published. His plays include Bridge Over Land, Faith’s Body, Floating With Jane, Broken English, Bad Country, Word Crimes, (Drama-Logue Award) The Last Word, Fizzle, Murder In Santa Cruz and Songs And Dances From Imaginary Lands(co-written). His plays Juice, Glue, and Palm 90 (co-written) were produced at Bay Area Playwrights Festival, where he served as Playwright-In-Residence. He has been commissioned to write plays by Overtones Theatre, New Writers, Playwright’s Horizons and New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF). Nominated by NYSF, he was the recipient of a Drama League Grant. He was also given a grant from Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. He wrote American Blue Note, a film directed by Ralph Toporoff and Let Go, a short film shown at Hampton’s Film Festival. He worked with Joseph Chaikin and Bill Hart at Atlantic Center For The Arts where they developed Bodies, a piece about disability. His short stories have been published in Word, Noir Mechanics, Urban Desires and Saturday Review. Currently, he teaches screenwriting at the School Of Visual Arts in New York City. He is the author of SOUND OF A TRAIN (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2013).
This novella was charming. Twice while reading, I intentionally set it aside, unwilling to finish it too quickly. At just over 100 pages, it speaks volumes.
I particularly enjoyed the one-sided (more or less) conversation between Susan and the dog about staring at each other while eating. Also the dialogue between Susan and the lady smoker was striking.
This was a Goodreads giveaway, signed by the author. It was quiet, enchanting and tender. More please.
“Sound of a Train” is the best novel I’ve read this year. My only problem is I wish it were a hundred pages longer.
“Sound of a Train” is an exquisite gem of a novella. The main character, Susan, journeys home to be with her dying mother. The people in Susan’s life and those she meets along her way are wonderful.
The book is beautifully written. What make this book outstanding is the author’s attention to the smallest details. I was delighted receive this book as a First Reads win!
Lesli Miller –
Loved it, loved it, loved it, a charming, evocative, thoughtful book written in clear simple language allowing the reader to enter the lives of the characters and enjoy their humanity. This graceful book should be on everyone’s list. Can’t wait for the next one from Girion.