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Walter Mosley's talent knows no bounds. Stepping Stone is one of six fragments in the Crosstown to Oblivion short novels in which Mosley entertainingly explores life's cosmic questions. From life's meaning to the nature of good and evil, these tales take us on speculative journeys beyond the reality we have come to know. In each tale someone in our world today is given insight into these long pondered mysteries. But how would the world really receive the answers?
Truman Pope has spent his whole life watching the world go by–and waiting for something he can't quite put into words. A gentle, unassuming soul, he has worked in the mailroom of a large corporation for decades without making waves, until the day he spots a mysterious woman in yellow. A woman nobody else can see.
Soon Truman's quiet life begins to turn upside-down. An old lover surfaces from his past even as he finds his job in jeopardy. Strange visions haunt his days and nights, until he begins to doubt his sanity. Is he losing his mind, or is he on the brink of a startling revelation that will change his life forever–and transform the nature of humanity?
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The unevenness of Mosley's Crosstown to Oblivion series continues in the third pair of unconvincing novellas (after Merge/Disciple). "Stepping Stone" is the more compelling piece, relating the experiences of Truman Pope, a man who overcame learning disabilities with the help of a sympathetic teacher and who has labored for years as mailroom supervisor for a Manhattan financial firm. Pope has settled into a staid routine that comes to an abrupt halt when he sees a woman in the elevator whom no one else can see. The vision proves to be the first of a series of odd episodes that lead to an apocalyptic threat to mankind. "Love Machine" starts more strongly then it finishes, with the development of a device that allows people to share sensory experiences. There are flashes of Mosley's lyrical gifts ("Slowly the night turned into another kind of darkness and the dreams settled into dust upon a vast, unseen desert floor"), but not enough.