Young travelers riding their motorcycles in the desert heat, following only their stubborn impulse to keep pressing onward. A weary old man who paces the border of a village at the edge of the world, a life full of secrets as he stands a watchful guardian. Two strangers who meet on a train and make a pact that will change their lives. Letters never to be read that nevertheless beg forgiveness for an impossible choice that has led to deep betrayal. The poetry of a lost, struggling soul who screams to the stars and demands their audience.
With this novel, Danél F. Griffin's "Misfit Trilogy" concludes. Whereas Ellipses... was the record of a long conversation between two young people on a journey to find themselves, and Spiral's Edge chronicled the long, weary path to healing old scars and addictions, Tea with the Dark Side is a collage of various scenes and poetry—a reflection of the way that the past, present, and future often stare defiantly at each other as they shape a human soul into a single, imperfect being. Like a broken puzzle, it is a collection of separate and distinct pieces, spanning different times and places, all working together to find, like the characters who inhabit them, cohesion and closure.