By Donna Baier Stein
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories
Both the beauty and frailty of human connections are seen in the thirteen stories collected in Sympathetic People. Here are women and men struggling to find love, meaning, happiness in marriage, adulterous affairs, art, meditation, and even the passage from life to death. Longing generated by loss is everywhere--in the death of a son, the end of a marriage, the slide from hope ignited by Neil Armstrong’s moon walk to hopelessness after President Kennedy’s death.
"Donna Baier Stein is a discovery. Her deceptively mild story-telling veers swiftly into the savage but often unacknowledged discontent of suburban life - wives struggling with marital disappointment and missed opportunities, celebrating and often betrayed by unexpected friendships - all explored with language that engages and surprises."
- C. Michael Curtis, Fiction Editor, The Atlantic
"Donna Baier Stein writes with the grace and precision of a poet . . . here is a writer who trusts not only herself, but her readers, who will be skillfully guided into coming to their own satisfying conclusions."
--Elizabeth Berg, New York Times bestselling author, most recently of Tapestry of Fortunes
Sympathetic People is a wonderful collection of short stories. Stein’s writing leads readers through various time periods and diverse lifestyles. She eloquently depicts rites of passages that include times of love, loss, humility, nostalgia, and more.
I applaud the author for creating intriguing stories that allowed me to experience a multitude of emotions within just a few pages. The characters are colorful, the dialogue flows smoothly, and the issues will touch many.
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