Short Stories

Finding the Offbeat and Absurd in the Ordinary

February 22, 2013
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With a cast of characters that includes a falling toddler, the manager of the last fast food joint in the world, the Devil and a talking dog Paul McCormack‘s short story collection “All the Lights That Have Shone” isn’t a book about answers, but about really interesting questions: What would you do if the world was ending? How do you say goodbye when there’s no one to say it to? What kind of person still…

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Is No One Left Who Knows Compassion Anymore?

September 17, 2012
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Characters in crisis, situations right out of today’s news – Teresa Kennedy‘s short story collection “In The Country of No Compassion” offers literary fiction with a spiritual twist. A young amputee and Iraq war veteran struggles for a definition of heroism in “Times New Roman.” A recovered alcoholic frees himself from the past in “The Thirteenth Step.” Other stories in Kennedy’s collection focus on the controversy surrounding illegal immigration and the US-Mexican border. In “Undocumented”…

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Small Town, Big Intrigue

November 4, 2011
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Small towns in America aren’t always like Mayberry or River City or Lake Wobegon. Sometimes they’re like Exeter, Massachusetts, the setting of Jennie Coughlin‘s book “Thrown Out: Stories from Exeter.” Buy the book This is a town of grudges, and secrets, and regrets. Alliances form and reform, the past becomes the future, where young boys find bodies in the marsh — and where nothing is ever quite what it looks like on the surface. Who…

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