The Living

  • 2013
  • Ploughshares/Emerson College
A short story

Even with a successful career as a lawyer and a beautiful wife, Tony Greto is tormented by his secrets—secrets that finally begin to surface at his 25th high school reunion. An impromptu speech in front of his entire class and an encounter with a former classmate's son begin to unravel the threads of Tony's seemingly settled life. In this modern retelling of James Joyce's "The Dead," Castellani takes you along on a night in the life of an ordinary man struggling to reconcile the rift between who he is and who he's pretending to be.