Book Review: The Irishman&Other Stories by Stephen Hazlett
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Stephen Hazlettabout this book: This collection of nine stories, of mostly novelette length, started as a single story, "My Father's Son," about a man and his relationship with his difficult father over a thirty-year period. That story spilled over into another, "The Irishman," telling of a young man who left his home in Ireland, leaving a lifelong secret behind, and of the man's son, who discovers that secret. The stories kept coming, one after another, a few born of my experiences as a soldier in Vietnam, the others out of life experiences. That first story turned into nine different views of life and love, of ordinary people and families, of tragedy and lost love, which I published as The Irishman&Other Stories:
• The Wall: An aging Vietnam veteran takes a nostalgic trip with his grandson to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in D.C.
• Something To Do: Phil Rizzi, a middle aged widower, travels to Venice where he meets a young American woman. They are an unlikely pair, but a relationship develops that turns into a romance with surprising and life changing results.
• Of Dreams: James Kelly loves Nikki, but does she love him back? After she becomes part of his past, his love is rekindled by a tragedy that seems to be telling him it's not over.
• The Western Girl: An Army Private in Vietnam falls for a nurse, an Army Lieutenant. Their brief fling turns to an obsession by the man, who follows the woman into a dangerous life he never imagined.
• Montana: A man goes on a final road trip with his aged Scottish mother. The trip turns into a voyage of discovery for both, as they travel to the place she's always dreamed of.
• Family O'Shea Redux: A retelling of my first novel, Family O'Shea, with something of a different take.
• Being Finn: A young man wandering aimlessly through life meets an exotic woman, who turns his world upside down.
• Stephen Hazlett's marvelous collection of short stories, The Irishman & Other Stories, gives voice to memorable characters. Some of the topics are family, love, disappointment, death, surprise and transitions. The author is a gifted writer who has crafted engaging and original stories.
— Evie – LibraryThing reviewer
• This is a collection of nine stories about real people, each trying to find out who they really are and what the meaning of their lives is. The characters are well written and the stories are well executed. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys good reading.
— KMT – LibraryThing reviewer
• This nicely done collection of short stories offers the reader more than a glimpse into the lives of real people. They serve to remind us that our relationships, experiences and family ties are complicated at best. One of Stephen Hazlett's best works.
— DaveG – Amazon reviewer
• Stephen Hazlett has put together an entertaining and varied anthology of short and long stories. Each one reveals the characters in ways that made me believe I knew these people. I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates good writing that draws you into the world of Mr. Hazlett's characters, and makes you want to know them more.
— NM reader – Amazon reviewer
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Reels you in with surprises and the depth and humanity of the characters presented
a review by Mitchell WaldmanThis is a wonderful collection of stories that surprise and reel you in with the depth and humanity of the characters presented. A delight to read. Stephen is definitely a writer whose work I look forward to reading more of.
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