Interview with Barry Rachin

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is the creative process itself – never quite knowing how a particular plotline or character will evolve. Frequently, it becomes a process of personal growth and illumination. Writing creative fiction requires a certain degree of humility along with the willingness to ‘fight through’ all the hackneyed prose in order to find just the right metaphor or imagery. Over the years I have enjoyed a number of hobbies - woodworking, jazz cornet, beekeeping, etc. - but creative writing is, far and away, the most demanding.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans offer a small measure of validation that my shorts stories are finding an appreciative home in the reading community. I use the term ‘small measure’ because the sort of writing I favor (literary fiction), presently possesses a much smaller audience than it did back in the psychedelic sixties, when I was a college student. Still, a narrow group of readers seem to appreciate my creative fiction and I am eternally grateful for their support.
Who are your favorite authors?
I seem to be mired in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Chekhov, Sarah Orne Jewett, E.M. Forster, Tolstoy, Flaubert, Turgenev, George Elliot, Hawthorne and Cather are among some of my favorite writers. I frequently try to emulate them, borrowing both from their plotting techniques and traditional literary values. These writes might be old but their prose is are never old-fashioned or out of date.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am presently semi-retired after working in health care for the past thirty years. I still practice my cornet every day and play in a community wind ensemble. I also care for a thriving hive of honey bees and fashion small keepsake and jewelry boxes from hardwoods and imported veneers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was based on an intriguing vignette my wife told me about a friend she met at work. I remember telling her, “Someone ought to work that into a short story.” Many years later I wrote it down in fictional form, then reworked it over a dozen times until it evolved into its final form. The story, The Janitor’s Helper, is still among one of my favorite bits of writing.
What is your writing process?
I sit down at the computer and pound away at the keys until the four to five thousand words are staring back at me in rough form. Then come the rewrites. I am a merciless revisionist and will sometimes go back years after completing what I thought was the final draft and tear the prose to shreds. No one said writing was easy.
Published 2013-09-16.
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Books by This Author

The Hornback Alligator Belt
Price: Free! Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Ralph Tucker wants to reconnect with an old flame, a woman who wears 500-dollar, Orvis, genuine hornback alligator belts. If the failed romance is resurrected from the dead, the middle-aged man may need a second job.
Judith the Obscure
Price: Free! Words: 4,360. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
Judith Nussbaum just woke up to find fifty thousand, Italian honneybees nesting in her hemlock tree, and all the diazepam in the universe won't make the swarm go away.
Kindred Spirits
Price: Free! Words: 4,370. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Dora's face, an aesthetic work in progress, exudes an unfinished blankness - as though God had become distracted and wandered away from the wet canvas before completing a meager handful of details. Not that any of this makes a difference to lovelorn Harry Jankowski.
Damaged Goods
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Twenty-eight year-old Jesse Caldwell is painfully shy, lives at home and hates his moronic life. Miranda Huffington suffers from a gimpy leg and equally stunted personality. This is not your standard Harlequin romance.
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Ralph Tucker is dating a woman who favors Orvis, genuine hornback crocodile belts. The dainty accessories retails for just under six hundred dollars. If Ralph’s romance blossoms, he’s going to need a second job.
Price: Free! Words: 2,660. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Alexis Hamilton’s love life closely mirrors the comedy of errors in the E.M. Forster classic, A Room with a View. But where the fictional heroine, Lucy, elopes to Italy with her lover, it remains to be seen whether the Wellesley College graduate can pull off a romantic happy ending.
Price: Free! Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Lauren, who tends the miniature horses at the 4-H club barn, is learning a lesson in the psychiatric subtleties of logotherapy from a fourteen-year-old students.
A Guide for the Perplexed
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In the rear of Levinson's Wholefood Market, the owner's son, Ernie, just told Shifrah Fienberg that he wants to marry. The emotionally irascible Israeli would have preferred a first date or dozen long-stemmed rose.
A Chinese Bar Mitzvah
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Harry Chen is persona non grata at the Goldberg's Bar Mitzvah ceremony. Problem is, Ida, the family matriarch won't attend without the Chinaman.
Switched at Birth
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Jason Mangarelli would invite Adrian Flanagan to Thanksgiving dinner, but his mother, who is familiar with the girl’s checkered past, disapproves. Perhaps it’s time Jason established his own family traditions.
The Celestial Cornet
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Samantha Malinowski possesses a useable range up to high F and screeches double C's for the sheer fun of it. When the high school band distributes new arrangements, the sixteen-year-old trumpeter plays through the music without missing a note. A born lead player with cast iron chops, Sam can read flyshit on toilet paper!
Price: Free! Words: 2,780. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Maria Santos, who just bought the Breakfast Nook, knows nothing about cross-contamination, pest control, immersion gauges or reduced-oxygen packaging. The new health inspector is every restaurant owner’s worse nightmare, but Maria needn’t worry. She’s got an ace up her culinary sleeve.
The Moribund Moose
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Ruth Ostrowski’s midlife crisis hadn’t arrived in the normally prescribed manner. Rather, it snuck up on her incrementally, one negligible tribulation after another; it bushwhacked her with night sweats, sent her caterwauling toward menopause and the outer rim of her twilight years. Now, compounding her inner blight, the first frost, like a silver-haired, uninvited guest, blanketed the earth.
The Indigo Children
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The Seekers of Truth commune is just a tad too left of the loony bin to ever gain traction in a straight-laced town like Brandenburg, Massachusetts. Each whacky pursuit – iridology, crystal healing, spirit channeling, divination, I Ching, dervish whirling, Tarot Cards, reflexology, séances and scrying – only pushes the loose-knit clan further to the metaphysical margins.
Old Man, Old Woman
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Phyllis Half Moon, a full-blooded Blackfoot Indian, knows all the tribal creation myths. During a camping trip in New Hampshire’s White Mountains she tells her future husband the tale of Old Man, Old Woman.
The Third Fairy Tale
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Sixteen-year-old Ned Scoletti is travelling north on a Greyhound bus from Fort Pierce, Florida to Spaulding, Massachusetts, to visit Aunt Josie. Problem is, his mother’s identical twin sister died when Nick was just a toddler. Or maybe not.
A Middlemarch Reunion
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At his high school reunion, Glen Stottlemeyer learns a thing or two about Victorian literature and finds a soul mate.
Leaky Pipes
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Bartholomew Schroeder, a recent widower and retired plumber, can sweat pipes and fix broken toilets, but, on a weekend excursion to Martha's Vineyard, can he mend a teenage girl's broken spirit?
Price: Free! Words: 7,760. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Seventeen-year-old Sonny Gossage is infatuated with Naomi Shamir, the Israeli woman who lives down the street. He wants romance; all she can offer is a plate of hummus and occaisional babysitting job.
The Lesbian Thespian
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Herb Wanamaker and Kit Calhoun share a mutual disgust for the light-skinned Negro who never cleans up after her Great Dane at the dog park. For the lonely widower and lesbian actress it’s a textbook case of Jungian synchronicity.
I & Thou
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Since going on birth control in middle school, Celeste has been on a bit of a lascivious tear, but all that sexual carnage is coming to an abrupt halt when she meets the Hassidic Jew.
Hieronymus Bosch's American Landscape
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Bethany Glaspell approached the first-ever meeting with Great-uncle Vern, a man who returned from the jungles of Vietnam with a Hmong bride and warped personality, much as a cat burglar might plan his next heist, telling no one, neither friend nor family, her intentions.
Cupid ain't Stupid
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Lenny slept with Elsie McGivney, a woman so dim-witted she can't make change or hold down an entry-level job. Lenny bedded the chucklehead but got no sex in the bargain. So why is he going back for more?
Nagel's Bagels
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There are five levels of gifted intelligence ranging from bright to profoundly gifted. One in every thirty thousand is 'exceptional', which makes Curtis Stedman, the part-time dishwasher at Nagel’s Bagels, one smart cookie!
The Fire Flower and the Bee
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Bear wants thumbs just like his arch-enemy Man, but Heveki, the benevolent, Siberian spirit, has something else in mind.
The Kidnapped Bride
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Maddie Etheridge's train wreck of a marriage at Boston's Plaza Hotel cost forty thousand dollars. It only lasted thirteen months, which matriculates out to a hundred bucks a day not including the Samoan honeymoon, restraining order or legal fees.
Circus Maximus
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Buddy Hazelton, chairman of the Brandenburg College philosophy department, quit his job to join the Waverly Brothers Traveling Circus. Later today, the authority on Ludwig Wittgenstein's linguistic theory is being shot from cannon.
Bodacious Bimbos
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Helen Garfunkel, an unemployed reference librarian, is contemplating a romantic tryst with a hotdog pushcart vendor.
The Reluctant Bigamist
Price: Free! Words: 7,900. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Mickey Pisludski wears a chain of armor piercing, machine gun shells around his thick neck. The week after his Army discharge, he bored the quarter-inch holes in the soft, brass casings, later threading the bullets together on a length of rawhide. Like so many gold, sharks teeth, the shells fanned out across a khaki T-shirt with a gash under the left armpit.
A Room without a View
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Thirteen-year-old George Weiner is in love with Sade Richardson, whose father beleives Negroes deserve reparations. A Room without a View - it’s Romeo and Juliette with an ethnic twist.
Twin Souls
Price: Free! Words: 6,010. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Mavis Calhoun, who works the cash register at the Shop Rite Supermarket, is going to teach Harry Wong Smith the fine points of Rumi’s mystical poetry and common decency.
Narcissus and Goldberg
Price: Free! Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Beatrice Goldberg doesn't much like Hispanics, biker broads, Franciscan monks, skinheads, or even salt-of-the-earth blue collar types, but she is going to get a double dose of all of the above, when she visits Our Lady of La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
107 Degrees Fahrenheit
Price: Free! Words: 5,740. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A young boy spends a magical weekend with his sister, a former collegiate track star crippled in a freak accident. During the visit he learns a poignant lesson about the resilience of monarch butterflies and the human heart
A Work in Progress
Price: Free! Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Tawana Saunders is writing the great American novel. Problem is, six months into the project, she’s only got a rough draft plus three lousy paragraphs.
Failure to Launch
Price: Free! Words: 3,010. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Fred Linden, who just celebrated his silver wedding anniversary, is fixing his daughter, Alison, up on a blind date. The meddlesome hospital administrator won't settle for anything less than wedding bells and rice.
The Way Station
Price: Free! Words: 3,420. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Clarice Copparelli intends to seduce Jason Devlin. The seventeen-year-old boy had sensed this from as far back as a year ago, when he started doing odd chores for the middle-aged, single woman. He just doesn’t know when or how or where it will occur or the likely circumstances. Soon, he hopes.
Bawdy Bodies
Price: Free! Words: 4,420. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Every woman Ernie Summers ever dated had a fatal flaw, which is why he is taking an indefinite sabbatical from the opposite sex. Well, maybe not.
The Chiropractor's Assistant
Price: Free! Words: 84,220. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Epistemology - When Ronda Wickford, the assistant manager of Brandenburg’s ShopRite Supermarket, inadvertently hires a middle-age man with a PhD in philosophy to run the fresh produce department, weird things begin to happen. As events unfold, she learns a thing or two about Wittgenstein’s linguistic theories, common decency and how to fix a leaky faucet.
Fun with Dick and Jane
Price: Free! Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Dick wants fun. He has no dog. He has no cat. No Spot. No Puff. But he has a plan. See Dick board the plane. See Dick fly away. Far, far away. Hello happiness! Goodbye Jane
Gandhi's Goat
Price: Free! Words: 5,840. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Mrs. Chowdhary named her youngest daughter after Saint Theresa, the Little Flower of Jesus. Unfortunately, Terry has more in common with Attila the Hun than her nineteenth century namesake.
Small Favors
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Marcie Callahan’s parents run around the house in their underwear. They belch and fart and do all sorts of gross and disgusting things. The Callahan clan doesn't have a stitch of class, culture, brains or social graces. Which is why Marcie is ready for a change.
Sextillions of Infidels
Price: Free! Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Hazel and Jorani are stranded in the boondocks of Maine with a broken-down car and ton of teenage angst.
Kissing Cousins
Price: Free! Words: 79,840. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Small Favors - Marcie Callahan’s parents run around the house in their underwear; they belch and fart and do all sorts of gross and disgusting things. They don't have a stitch of class or culture or brains or social graces. Which is why Marcie is ready for a change.
Supermarket Sadhu
Price: Free! Words: 6,260. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Seventeen year-old Fanny Jackson, who works aisle three at the ShopRite market, wants to become a twenty-first century mystic – a supermarket Sadhu.
Six Catholics and an Atheist
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In an increasingly hedonistic universe, Kirsten Hazelton clings to her Catholic faith. But can the hospital discharge planner hold her own when Dr. Wong, an osteopath at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, confronts her with his own extreme beliefs?
The Reticent Storyteller
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Parker Salisbury is dating a girl with the social graces of a cigar store Indian. So why is he giving Lilly an engagement ring later this evening?
A Key to Paradise
Price: Free! Words: 42,720. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Grace Paulson’s train wreck of a personal life takes a turn for the better when the elementary school teacher meets a gifted artisan whose handmade jewelry boxes are featured at the local museum. Well-versed in nineteenth century Russian literature, Carl Solomon also happens to be the school janitor.
Legal Procedures
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Phoebe’s Aunt Janet, who has been married six times, is advising her niece on affairs of the heart. Good Luck Phoebe!
Price: Free! Words: 6,220. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Kendra Ryder just gave fifteen year old Frankie Dexter a slab of fresh-cut tulipwood along with the advice, "When you’re feeling bad, just scuff the wood with 120-grit sandpaper, grab a whiff and you're guaranteed to feel a whole lot better!”
The Abode of Infinite Compassion
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Marty Humphrey has trouble finishing things. He just dropped out of college, and previously, a European backpacking adventure was abruptly cut short, when he became morbidly homesick on the flight across the Atlantic. Maybe the mystic-minded Rose O'Donnell can help Marty sort things out.
Thyroids, a Love Story
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Can two young lovers with thyroid conditions - one in traditional therapy, the other holistic - find happiness together?
Mustard Fields
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Maddie Timberland just read A.E. Coppard’s The Field of Mustard. She plans to reread the sublimely beautiful story over a bottle of wine and then find a lover like the rustic gamekeeper, Rufus Blackthorn, to share her bed. The middle-aged woman already has someone in mind.
Still Virgin
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A year out of high school, Clarissa, who couldn't even score a date for the senior prom, is into tantric sex, Pablo Neruda and orgasms bordering on divine rapture. And she's still a virgin!
What Would Junie B. Jones Do?
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"Mr. Jacobson, the old Jewish guy who lives on Bickford street, sniffs little girls' bicycle seats," eight year old Benjamin Carter announced cavalierly as though the topic made for polite dinner conversation. The family had just sat down to the evening meal. Grace Carter poured some gravy on her mash potatoes, cleared her throat and asked, "Where exactly did you learn this?"
Simple Hearts
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Foul-mouthed Marna Copparelli, who waitresses at Guido's Pizza on Federal Hill, wouldn't know a semicolon from a large intestine. Luther Buttafuoco writes books that get reviewed in the New York Times literary section. He wants a date with Marna Copparelli. Good luck, Luther!
Nothing as Whole as a Broken Heart
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Jerome Spellman, the simple schizophrenic in Grace’s eleventh grade class, acts like an extra in a B-rated horror flick - Night of the Living Dead. Grace prays for a miracle, while Dr. Rosen, the school psychologist counsels, “Think positive but plan for the worse.”
No More Piano Lessons
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Muriel Beagle was an awful piano teacher. An abomination! Thirty minutes - that's all she allotted per lesson, and most days she started late or was interrupted by one of her bratty kids bursting in unannounced. Lost time was never recouped on the back end of the lesson, and once, the music teacher even took a cell phone call and it wasn't an emergency. So unprofessional!
The Loveliest Girl
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Among the Old Orchard Beach cognoscenti, Cassie Moffat was considered the town slut. Whether her lurid reputation was justified wasn't really open for debate.
The Divined Comedy
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Ava Frick works second shift at the Texaco Gas Mart where, when business is slow, she reads Soren Kierkegaard and drops the I Ching. The other day she got five broken lines ( __ __ ) and one solid ( _____ ). Not a good omen!
Price: Free! Words: 8,140. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Nadia Rasmussen, the reference librarian at Brandenberg Public Library, is discovering that true love can be found at the Hoxie Feed and Grange just as easily as at the cheesy dating bars.
A Chinese Bar Mitzvah
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Mr. Chen’s shiatsu has a level-three heart murmur. Unfortunately, the widower lives on a fixed income and can't afford the added expense of a sick dog. The agoraphobic Ada Goldfarb, whose son is a veterinarian, needs an escort to her grandson's bar mitzvah. Maybe they can work things out.
No Bear, No Forest
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According to Lester McSweeney, there are two things adolescent girls should never do: skip rocks when a fisherman is surf casting for stripe bass and make snide remarks about Louis L'Amour, the world's greatest cowboy writer. Tovah Moshel, the Israeli girl, struck out on both counts.
Call of the Beguiled
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Cheryl Oliphant doesn’t do well in social situations. The fourteen year old girl’s best friend, Nicolena, is a four-foot, South American tree boa and her parents are getting divorced. On the plus side, Cheryl just met Teddy Rasmussen who offered her a sympathetic ear plus an inch-thick slice of apricot, sour cream loaf.
Two Pockets
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According to Hasidic tradition, everyone must have two pockets, so they can reach into the one or the other, according to need. In the right pocket are to be the words: ‘For my sake was the world created,’ and in the left: ‘I am dust and ashes.’
Price: Free! Words: 5,520. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Pearl Singleton, a forest ranger at the Pemberton Wildlife Preserve, is going to show eighteen year old Shawn Mariano her Osborne Smoke Finder, all six varieties of New England ferns, a beaver dam, and something he never bargained for.
Price: Free! Words: 7,360. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
When Ronda Wickford, the assistant manager of Brandenburg’s ShopRite Supermarket, inadvertently hires a middle-age man with a PhD in philosophy to run the fresh produce department, weird things begin to happen. As events unfold, she learns a thing or two about Wittgenstein’s linguistic theories, common decency and how to fix a leaky faucet.
The Cross-eyed Gypsy
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A straight-laced ex-nun must decide what to do with a stolen Sony Trinitron TV. The arrival of a Russian Jew in the apartment complex where she lives resolves the matter of the ’hot’ TV while opening another can of existential worms.
Time of Sorrow
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While studing to become a rabbi at a yeshivah in Jersusalem, Peter Ostrowski witnesses a senseless act of violence that causes him to abandon the religious life. When he stumbles across the writings of Leo Pinsker, an equally disaffected seventeenth century, Polish Jew, Peter grasps what needs to be done to salvage his fractured humanity.
Just like Dostoyevsky
Price: Free! Words: 5,280. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Sylvia Mandelstam boasts what a wonderful time she had at the international literary symposium in Moscow. Truth be told, the trip was an unmitigated fiasco not unlike her marriage and personal life. She can lie shamelessly and dissemble to everyone - even Danny O'Rourke, the unassuming mason who arrives one summery day to repair her damaged brick wall. But not indefinitely.
A Trip to Tanglewood
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Marie Augustin, an Haitian nurses aide, is blindsided when one of her elderly clients, Peter Marsoubian, asks her to accompany him on a trip to hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra perform in Tanglewood. Does the green-card immigrant, who witnessed first hand the endemic violence in her native country, follow agency protocol or bend rules to accommodate the absurd whim of a dying man?
A Waltz Yes, a Heart No
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Following his divorce, Dr. Stanley Gilford, chief of cardiology at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, restructured his life on the guiding principle of maximum gain, minimum pain. So what is the well-heeled doctor doing with Ruby, a high school dropout and waitress at the local greasy spoon, and what are his options visa vie the pallid, five year old boy whose damaged heart beats in three-four time?