by Lorne Shirinian
Memory's Orphans is a new collection of short fiction from Lorne Shirinian that explores the themes of
memory and forgetting in eleven stories. Below is the table of contents followed by the second of two
prefaces to the collection.
Memory's Orphans (2002)
Table of Contents
Preface 2... 2
Hide and Seek...5
Delirian 2002 ...53
The Chaotic Haven of Final Dreams/ The Final Haven of Chaotic Dreams... 77
Krikor, the Cobbler... 100
There are so many things I have to tell you. If only you will listen. At times, I become desperate. I
do strange things when you turn away or make excuses. I donít recognize myself. I go to work every
morning and program software or tune car engines, order supplies, set stones. I tell you I do strange
things. I meet people on busy street corners. Slip messages to passers-by. I make phone calls from
noisy booths. Slowly, I gather material. Lots of it. Things you would never guess.
Let me tell you. Itís not easy. Iíve turned my cheek enough times. I donít want to go underground.
Thereís still time. Constant movement. Camouflage. Assimilation. The pat on the back. The old
bob-and-weave. Duck. Jab. Jab. Hook. There still might be time.
Do you want to know what itís about? Really? All right then; let me tell you; then you can judge for
yourself. Then weíll see where we stand.
Iíll tell you right off this isnít a nice story. Not the kind of thing certain writers would write: a quest
for father and motherland motivated by necessary principles. And of course the history book in hand to
help you comprehend the damage throughout the centuries. The necessary guides and helpers to take the
reluctant heroes to the climactic moment, a desirable and satisfying accommodation with the right
emotional release. The rapid denouement for the dead. Letís go home. Iíve done my duty. Now for the
rest of my life. Iíll tell you right now this isnít going to be like that. Thatís not the way it happened.