A high school football player must make a choice between family and friends when his older brother commits an act of senseless violence. A middle-aged man must fly to Las Vegas to settle his dead sisters estate, only to discover that he must first confront his guilt over his sisters death. A young teacher tries to help a homeless girl, but, as their lives intertwine, he begins to understand that his generosity is motivated by his own relenting sense of lonliness.
Well-intentioned but ultimately human, the characters in these stories often fall short of achieving grace. But the possibility of redemption, like the Sonoran Desert at the edge of Bring Me Your Saddest Arizonas suburban landscapes, is never far off. Hartys characters are as complicated as the people we know, and his vision of life in the west is as hopeful as it is strikingly real....Continua