In the thirteen stories of Pale Morning Dun, Richard Dokey endeavors to suggest common truths that uncover the human reality at any time, in any place. He explores the epherneral nature of life through an assembly of characters as diverse as the settings they inhabit: from a beggar on the streets of San Francisco, The West Coast Coliseum of Consumption, to a boy and his brother flyfishing in a peaceful mountain stream, unaware that they have stumbled upon the threshold of a horrific crime; from a desperate husband pursuing his estranged wife into the bloody arena of a bullfight, to a lakeside cottage where two lovers reveal perhaps too much of themselves. Each uniquely rendered character faces a dilemma that leads him beyond what he kws of himself, forcing him to new insights. The characters' struggles, though distinctively their own, reveal universal truths about human nature and the transient quality of life. Employing an inspired blend of humor, irony, and imagination in seamless narration, Dokey allows one to enter readily into these idiosyncratic lives, inviting the reader to explore his own capacity to be human, to empathize and respond.
Richard Dokey is the author of three story collections and two novels, including Sanchez and Other Stories, August Heat, and The Hollow Man. He currently resides in Lodi, California.