Book: American Voices by Zeena Nackerdiencategories: Book, Fiction, Short Stories, America, Poor, Life, Relationships, American Suburbs
Zeena Nackerdienabout this book: I have compiled a series of short stories about marginalized voices in America. I was struck by how many people are depressed by their "ordinary lives," when joy is often found by the little details in life, especially when you can experience it within a community. The book is geared to all ages. Coloring portraits of minutiae in different peoples' lives proved to be difficult. However, I chose a cover to match a theme of moving together towards tranquility. My research for the book was conducted over a period of years, just talking and observing people in my neighborhood. I learned to appreciate the essence of life, in its quiet moments. I want readers to smile, when they relate to many of the characters and situations in the book. Here is a brief description:
American suburbs are populated with mostly white and wealthy residents, white picket fences, and children preparing themselves for corporate positions at Ivy-league schools. Connecticut certainly fits this profile, as it is often cited as a state with the densest concentration of wealth in the USA. But labels or hashtags can be misleading, especially in an age when voices tend to congregate in separate choirs. If one takes the time to listen, there are interesting personalities who may miss the color in their own lives in pursuit of "something better." Here, I have fused a series of short stories about fictional characters in a Connecticut town, liberally sprinkled with historical anecdotes of "locals who made good," to illustrate how mundane situations can be elevated to the realm of common human experiences, if one appreciated life. An older man fulfills his midlife crisis with a Porsche. A couple, Jack and Jill, are caught up in a relationship tango of misunderstandings. A first-generation immigrant works long hours, with many disappointments, while yearning for a Disney-like version of his former homeland. These are the quirky and ultimately enduring stories of a few normal voices that often remain mute in today's America.
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