MacTiernan’s Bottle

Ordinary people in rather extraordinary stories

Review by Grady Harp

The combination of psychiatrist and medical director for a community mental health center may seem like strange credentials for a man who is so very gifted in the art of writing short stories, but then think of some of the other physicians who have found voice in words, beginning with William Carlos Williams and on down the line. Many of the stories Michael Hopping shares in this delicious volume hint at the fact that he has worked in mental health: he reveals aspects of characters and the view of others surrounding the character of a story much the way a practitioner of tending the bruised mind would view the three dimensional aspects of someone sitting on the page in front of our eyes. Continue reading