A Relative Stranger, shock, comedy, and love combine
in unexpected ways and in unexpected places to illuminate
the tenuous connections between relatives and strangers.
"Westland," a social worker impulsively visits the
zoo, where his concern for a teenage girl leads him to a somehow
inevitable showdown at a nuclear reactor. A transplanted Easterner
in "Saul and Patsy Are Pregnant" becomes obsessed
with the tiresome earnest, ordinary life in a midwestern farmhouse.
And in the title story, an alcoholic cashier receives a phone
call from a stranger--his brother.