Book: Strange Love / Romance Not For Sale - Short Stories by Nowick Graycategories: Book, Magic Realism, Urban Fantasy, Contemporary, Literary, Paranormal, Fairy Tales, Romance, Nature, Environmental, Irony, British Columbia, Short Stories
Nowick Grayabout this book: Eighteen stories of aching realism reveal the mysteries and perils of romantic promise. These are lyrical, sometimes magical stories whose characters are nevertheless "fully fleshed out... living and breathing"; who crave, and sometimes find, light in the labyrinths of the heart.
The book has two sections of nine stories each. Strange Love offers twists that challenge not only love affairs, but also narrative expectations. When love plays a deadly game with reality, the next move is dangerous. Yet without love's sly magic, what moves are left?
Romance Not For Sale presents stories about love that never quite lives up to the romantic promise our culture leads us to expect. These stories resolve instead with a philosophic perspective, a touch of irony, a way to carry on.
One reviewer commented on the melancholy sadness of the lives of these characters, perhaps all-too-real. I would respond with B. B. King's defense of the blues: that singing them - and hearing them sung well - makes all the difference.
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