Today, I'm hosting a book blog tour stop for the collection of short stories "War Stories" by Elizabeth Doyle.
About The Book:
We all carry our own battle scars.
This is the premise of War Stories, a rich collection of short fiction that draws upon both the literal and figurative meaning of its title. Through a diverse array of characters, settings, and circumstances, War Stories delivers a series of powerful tales from the home front of war: the stories of parents, siblings, and spouses of those who have fought, as well as those who have returned from battle.
Set against the backdrop of contemporary conflicts, War Stories’ compelling nine narratives tell of a wounded veteran who seeks renewal through an imagined relationship with a neighborhood girl, a grieving father who finds peace and reconciliation at the site of a disastrous bus crash, a young woman who searches for identity and meaning in the wake of her husband’s injury, and an urban teenager engaged in a fateful standoff with local recruiters. Interspersed with these tales are powerful, non-traditional “war stories” – of youth, unexpected loss, and heartbreaking love.
War Stories’ thoughtful and beautifully crafted tales, which range in style from deceptively simple to rich and complex, tell of people young and old, male and female, who share two things: humanity and resilience. These diverse and deftly written stories are joined through Elisabeth Doyle’s remarkable style and ease in creating a universe full of despair, hope, and dreams. At turns tender and harsh, tragic and yearning, these stories will leave you wanting more.
Within these nine short pieces of fiction lies a powerful amount of emotion. These tales are small windows into the lives of others as they sort through their feelings and try to learn to live with consequences, some successfully, others not so successfully.
Many of the stories are set in the post-Vietnam War era, and poignantly tell the stories of how returning soldiers struggled with returning to "normal" life. Other tales are about how people react to impending disaster, or untold grief. Each are heart-breaking in their own rights.
This is not a happy-go-lucky set of stories, but are deeply emotional and finely crafted vignettes that will linger with the reader long after they are finished.
About The Author:
Elisabeth Doyle is a writer and attorney living in Washington, D.C. She studied fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College and the University at Albany, and is completing a Masters of Laws Degree at Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Doyle’s short fiction was published in the literary journal Nadir and was awarded the University at Albany’s Lovenheim Prize for best short fiction. Her first short film, Hard Hearted One, was admitted into the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema and the Street Films Film Festival, and was shown on Public Television and Manhattan Cable. War Stories is her first collection of short fiction.
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
Release: August 7, 2012
Buy link: https://secure.mybookorders.com/order/elisabeth-doyle
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My thanks to Tribute Books for including me on this tour and for providing the review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.