A .38 Special and a Broken Heart (Coffee-To-Go Short-Short Story Series)

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Finalist, 1995 Minnesota Book Award for Short Stories.¶Critically acclaimed novelist Jonis Agee continues the popular Coffee-To-Go Series with stories grappling with heartbreak, anger, betrayal, and survival."Deft characterization and sharp, visceral imagery."--Publishers Weekly

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Honest, biting, and bittersweet, A .38 Special and a Broken Heart is a rich collection of stories by critically acclaimed author Jonis Agee. Packed with emotional detail and compelling narrative force, these stories are about people who love, lose, and try again. Persistence and strength, betrayal and forgiveness, weakness and acceptance, mercy and mystery, life and death - all find themselves played out in this collection.

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There is a symbiosis between these three volumes of short stories. Each deals with the experience of being a woman, touching on the complexity of the mother-daughter relationship and exploring connections and limitations in women's lives. The stories are differentiated by the authors' style and approach. Agee's collection is part of the "Coffee-To-Go Short-Short Story" series. Indeed, some of the stories are extremely short-only one page. They are more appropriately vignettes, or fleeting impressions, and the writing style is stream of consciousness. Many of the stories feature an undercurrent of violence, and none is particularly upbeat. Three of Agee's books have been judged Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, and this one demonstrates the same fine quality. Similar in style to Agee's book, Redel's first collection comprises 16 stories. Her stories tend to be a little longer but again focus on women's issues. "A Day in the Park" portrays a mother covering her two sons with leaves and twigs and bedding down in the park for the night, not unlike animals. This tale is oddly moving, but others tend to be challenging as they have no discernible plots. Redel's book is not an easy, relaxing read. Unlike these two volumes, Lorenzo's contains nine longer stories. Lorenzo creates a rich atmosphere and weaves a plot into each of the tales. They are beautifully written accounts of women grappling with difficult choices, the consequences of biology, and their (sometimes philandering) men. Lorenzo won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction for the title story of this collection. All three collections are recommended for general readers.
Kimberly G. Allen, MCI Corporate Information Resources Ctr., Washington, D.C.
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