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Andrew Spink, author
Nobody lies to their Uber driver. The anonymity functions like a truth serum, putting everyone’s raw and unfiltered selves on full display. But it is in those moments of authenticity, when human lives are intersecting without the usual pretense, that you discover the heights of human potential. And you hear some powerful stories. A woman stopping a suicide on the other side of the world. A heart attack healing a fractured family. A husband celebrating with his wife, on his last night alive. Intersections is a collection of nine short stories, all based on the true events and experiences of rideshare passengers. As you follow the characters through life-and-death journeys, they give you hope in humanity's potential and inspire you to remain present to the infinite possibilities for wonder all around us.
“I collected experiences. I absorbed wisdom. And now, I’m sharing those intersections with you” writes Spink in this three-part short story account of his time as an Uber driver. Drawing from his real-life experience with rideshare passengers, Spink’s debut recounts the meaningful intersections he witnessed: friends reconnecting, complicated family relationships, strangers sharing the intimate details of their lives, and more. Spink invites readers “to marvel at the people behind the characters [and] to find the meaning in their humanity” as he reveals a fascinating mix of personalities, each struggling with their own unique problems.

In “The Jumper,” security coordinator Ali, whose job locale moves every 10 weeks to keep its location a secret, stuns Spink when she recounts narrowly averting an employee suicide, while “Secrets” explores the complicated intergenerational dynamics of a father lamenting the loss of relationships with his children. Spink takes on the anxieties of immigration in “The Svislach,” a story that follows Nathan as he vacillates between choosing to stay in his hometown of Minsk or moving to Seattle for better opportunities. When glimpses of Mt. Rainier afford Nathan an immediate connection with his driver, his unease at being in a new country starts to fade: “Everything was foreign and new, yet for some reason it was starting to feel like a homecoming.” Spink continues that thread of community in “Magic,” with trans passenger Miranda, who finds belonging and a sliver of hope from her psychic neighbor’s words of wisdom—“We’re not meant to be alone. Working in cubicles, living in studio apartments, keeping to ourselves. We need love. Friendship. Even enemies and exes.”

The highlight of Spink’s storytelling is his poignant portrayal of sensitive relationships. He avoids providing easy solutions to life’s problems, instead conferring a sense of security and solace through sharing his riders’ woes, essentially paving a “way toward being whole” for both rider and reader alike.

Takeaway: An Uber driver reveals our universal need for connection in this touching collection.

Great for fans of: Corie Adjmi’s Life and Other Shortcomings, D. Wystan Owen’s Other People’s Love Affairs.

Production grades
Cover: B+
Design and typography: A-
Illustrations: NA
Editing: B+
Marketing copy: B+