Visions of Life
The 5 short stories share a common theme of dealing with conflicts: a cross-dresser struggling to be accepted, a grown woman dealing with her guilt-tripping Italian mother, a father’s desperate attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, a poet handling the discovery of her boyfriend’s affair, and a man reflecting on how he and his wife's new physique could not save their marriage. More
Five stories were selected from the best of a short story writing contest. The contest was to create a story inspired by the art in one of the Crow Woods Publishing art books featuring Chicago area artists: 'Chicago Art Scene,' 'Art Scene: Chicago 2000' and 'Living Artists.' The contest was judged by Tony Ardizzone, the award-winning author of 'The Whale Chaser' and 'The Evenings News.'
'Dress Up' by Ann Kammerer relates the tragic story of a cross-dresser trying to conform to what’s acceptable in society while preserving his identity;
'Family Portrait' by Joanne Freeman tells what happens when an older daughter goes home to see her Italian mother;
'Just Float' by PJ Minton is about a father finally coming to terms with the estrangement with his daughter;
in 'Sharing Daniel' by Douglas Macdonald, a female poet deals with his boyfriend’s affair in a small town in Vermont; and
'Transform' by Colby Vargas is a reflection on how bodybuilding changed a couple's physique but couldn’t save their marriage.
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