Linda Courtland Somewhere to Turn: stories

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Somewhere to Turn: stories

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A collection of flashy fiction featuring telemarketing dolphins, voyeuristic cell phones, a potentially amorous GPS unit, and a blow-up doll with a troubled past. These 37 very short stories provide a quick fiction fix for today's busy reader.

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About the Author:

Linda Courtland is a pen name for Linda Peters. Please take a look at my other books written as Linda Peters - Way of the Whale: A Novel about finding love in the most unlikely of circumstances; and Our Socially Awkward Marriage, co-written with my husband Tom Peters about our experiences with Asperger's Syndrome and relationships.

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"Somewhere to Turn" is more than a simple writer's exercise into brevity, it is a compilation of previously published works of some of the most hilarious, and, yes, outrageous, stories. Courtland weaves her 37 short stories in a recklessly creative fashion that leaves you laughing, tearing up and sometimes befuddled as her off-the-wall characters cope with day-to-day issues. --Pasadena Independent

From the friendless Facebook user, to the temp-worker dolphin with an orca boss, the stories are easy to read, but leave the reader pensive about how Courtland could possibly have come up with some of her ideas and conclusions. --Arcadia Weekly

Ron Osborn, Writer of "The West Wing" and "Meet Joe Black" says, "These stories are a lot like really good dark chocolate squares that you just can't quit eating. The observations of human nature are sharp. She'll often start from a familiar, relateable place but go somewhere you didn't see coming, to surprising and humorous effect. -- Mountain Views News

The first story, "Day Job of the Dolphin" began: When they decided to outsource my department to dolphins, I was skeptical. Outsourcing work to dolphins? What a fascinating concept. In "Single Socks," a woman left a man, complaining that he loved his collection of 864 single, unmatched socks more than her. Courtland made his rationale so reasonable and compelling, I felt as if I were missing something by not imitating his behavior. The opening sentence of "Exposed," says: Last night, my cell phone took pictures of me while I was sleeping. Turns out the darn phone has a whole secret file of pictures it has taken of the female protag. The idea of a voyeuristic cell phone is wonderfully bizarre and quite disturbing. Then there's, "The Street Price of Happiness," where a woman calls 911 because somebody stole her emotions. As if that weren't a bad enough loss, another tale, "Lost and Found," tells of a psych ward patient who complains that somebody stole his name while he was sleeping. As I continued reading, I sometimes found myself rolling on the floor with laughter. Then I'd turn to the next story and I'd end up commiserating with characters facing a variety of existential crises. It's hard to tell which is my favorite. Maybe it's the obsessive coffee bean counter whose mother reassures by saying, "It's God's way of saying sorry for the strange shape he made your head." Or the altruistic woman who corrects spelling errors on signs carried by beggars, telling them, "You can't expect people to take you seriously if you don't proofread your work." In all of the above, Courtland has packed tons of storytelling with great word economy. This shows mastery of her writing craft and the ability to edit ruthlessly. As one who also writes flash fiction, I can assure you that this is a tough task. --Apollo's Lyre Magazine, Reviewed by Michael A. Kechula

The title of the book is taken from the first section, very short stories, in which Courtland relates how an anthropomorphic GPS known as Brad wins the heart of a young lady until he becomes too bossy. As Brad, the GPS, says, "You have reached your destination!" --Temple City Tribune

There are many writers of flash that I really admire but one talented lady stands out - Linda Courtland. She can pack so much into a few words, she's like the literary equivalent of a contortionist. -- Words Have Meaning

These 37 short tales mix both literary and speculative genres, and provide a quick fiction fix for today's busy reader. -- Sierra Madre News Net

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