What is Visiting Hours? It is an anthology that will be published by Press 53 in the Fall of 2008. It contains 21 short stories and a novel excerpt, not to mention a fantastic introduction.
The idea behind Visiting Hours comes from a great author friend of mine, Amy Koppelman. This was completely her idea - an anthology of short fiction surrounding the concept of visiting hours. That scenario where one person, or being, is forced to be at a location, where anybody else there is just visiting. A place that the person, or being, stuck at the location is there all hours of the day, where those who are visiting are limited to specific hours of the day that they may enter.
Her belief, which became my belief as well after a few impassioned emails and a phone call from Amy, was that these scenarios create great fodder for authors and their various takes on the human condition. The scenarios are varied - there's one set at a veteranarian's office, one set in prison, one in an emergency room, one in a V.A. hospital and a couple are set in nursing homes. In some cases people die, but not in every story. People visit both family, and friends, and in some cases, neither. Adults visit children, and children visit adults. Spouses visit, and at times mourn, for each other. In each case, the individuals involved realize that the time they have to spend is precious and that they have to choose how to use it on their own.