A day late for the blog tour but I wanted to share my small review of The Hungry Heart Stories by Fran Metzman.
The Hungry Heart stories by Fran Metzman are thoroughly engaging and emotionally entangling. I found myself drawn to the characters within a few sentences and I eagerly devoured the stories. The stories are a fine collection showcasing the desires of the human heart. From the first story, My Inheritance, I was hooked by Metzman’s story-telling voice and insight into the behavior of the characters. This collection did not disappoint!
About the Book
THE HUNGRY HEART STORIES is a short story collection that deals with the universal search to fill a void. Fran Metzman, co-author of UGLY COOKIES, serves up a plate of quirky and disparate characters in these captivating stories.
A grieving husband in the darkly funny “Right Seasoning” conjures up his deceased wife’s presence in the beloved kitchen they once shared.
From “My Inheritance” tells of a grown daughter, trying to find the love and peace she has always craved with her dying mother to “Getting Closer”, the story of a woman left with the violent legacy of food that defined her life – we find the characters reaching the low points and triumphs of human emotions.
Particularly poignant is the story, “The Reunion”, about a woman born into poverty who reaches the pinnacle of success but with questionable sacrifice.
Each of the twelve stories and one essay incorporates food as a means to some end or fulfillment. In Metzman’s sure hand we get these fully realized worlds, leavened with passion and sprinkled with humor.
Fran Metzman Author Bio
Award-winning author Fran Metzman is a graduate of the Moore College of Art and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to publishing numerous short stories and co-authoring her first novel Ugly Cookies with Joy E. Stocke, she also teaches writing at various local colleges and universities. Her blog “The Age of Reasonable Doubt” can be found at Wild River Review, and deals with the mature (and sometimes immature) dating/relationships and aspects of society that influence all relationships. Her short story “My Inheritance” was nominated for a Dzanc Books Award for Best of the Web. On February 1st 2012, a short story collection, The Hungry Heart Stories, will be published. The stories feature tales of people in crisis, yearning for emotional sustenance, and where food occasionally intersects the empty spaces in their hearts.
Ugly Cookies: http://tinyurl.com/7tod2er
The Age of Reasonable Doubt: http://www.wildriverreview.com/metzman/
Wild River Review: http://www.wildriverreview.com/
THE HUNGRY HEART STORIES
Wilderness House Press
ISBN 978 0 9827115 5 2
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