Sorrow’s Drive presents four long tales of people running away, escaping, confronting their past and their present—and often catching an unsettling vision of their future--stories that transport us from Switzerland, Boston, and San Francisco to Bosnia, East Timor, and Italy. A gay man from Boston struggles in “Izzy’s House” to wrestle meaning from memories of a youthful visit to the shimmering San Francisco of 1980, a time when he’d yearned to remake himself. A brief affair with the elusive Izzy will haunt him and shape the rest of his life. In “Wish You Were Here” a young gay Swiss man desperate to find purpose flees his staid, middle class upbringing. As a UN Peacekeeper, he witnesses the horrors in the Bosnia and East Timor of the late 1990s and falls in love with a Pakistani man who upends everything about himself he thought true--only to return changed in disturbing ways. In “Mi Firenze” a twelve-year old gay boy, Riley, adores his grandmother, a world-traveling artist whose memories are now ravaged by illness. Equally adrift after his parent’s separation and his mother’s coming out as lesbian, Riley learns painful adult truths as he reads to his grandmother from journals written at the crux of her life—when she abandoned her family to chase her fading talents across Italy. In the title novella, Samuel, a retired history professor drives cross-country after the death of his long-estranged brother. As he travels toward an uncertain future, Samuel thinks back to his childhood when he was a star baseball player, the great hope of his family, and the envy of his brother, and to his time as a student at Harvard on a baseball scholarship in the early 1950s, where he learned that a homosexual life can lead to a great and secret passion and but also to tragedy.