The Streetwise Cycle

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
The Streetwise Cycle is a series of nine interconnected short stories about people living unexpectedly interconnected lives on the streets of Los Angeles. A view of the city from people who sleep on its streets.
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About Bronwyn Mauldin

Bronwyn Mauldin is the author of the novel Love Songs of the Revolution, and the short story collection The Streetwise Cycle. She is a past winner of The Coffin Factory (now Tweed’s) magazine’s very short story contest. Her work has appeared at Akashic Books, Literature for Life, Necessary Fiction, CellStories, Clamor magazine and other places. She was as a finalist for the Gold Line Press 2016 Fiction Chapbook Contest and the Lit POP Festival 2017 Fiction contest. She is the award-winning creator of The Democracy Series zine collection, which was exhibited as part of the 2017 All Media Show at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. In September 2016 she was Artist in Residence at Mesa Verde National Park.

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Reviews of The Streetwise Cycle by Bronwyn Mauldin

Cheryl Klein reviewed on Sep. 14, 2010

I don’t usually crave interactivity, and such bells and whistles annoy me when they come at the expense of a good narrative. So I wasn’t the most obvious or un-skeptical audience for this project. But no narrative was harmed in the making of this collection, and I came away envying Bronwyn Mauldin's eye for detail as well as her technological curiosity. These are stories about the disenfranchised, packaged for readers who are interested in enfranchising themselves in new ways.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Katie Kurutz reviewed on Aug. 22, 2010

Those whose lives are built with a scaffolding of support and blessings can often move through a day’s tasks unaware that this fragile framework makes it all possible. Mauldin’s e-book The Streetwise Cycle, opens readers’ awareness to how fragile life can be by giving a glimpse of the pivotal moments of the lives of a handful of L.A. neighbors who have found themselves homeless. In the style of “The Soloist” by Steve Lopez, Mauldin brings readers into the homeless experience by illustrating how, when one piece of life’s scaffolding becomes weak or breaks, all that keeps us together can collapse. And yet, the book’s moments of humor, redemption and compassion allow readers to continue feeling connected to the realities of homeless life that might otherwise be too frightening.

The book’s interactive format and short story length make it an easy and illuminating evening read (especially illuminating if you are an Angelino), or a simple iPod listen during a bike or bus ride into work. Highly recommended for the urban dweller, or anyone who is interested in how momentary occurrences can change the course of a life forever.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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