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All's Fair and Other California Stories

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All's Fair and Other California Stories

In present-day Southern California, a diverse group of characters seeks the fulfillment and connection this sunny state has always promised. They come with hopes for a better lifestyle, for a change of perspective, or for the dry, mild West Coast weather.

A couple moves to Palm Desert from New York for the arid, warm climate a doctor prescribes, and they manage both illness and homesickness. The woman makes an unlikely friend in a young albino boy who teaches her a harsh lesson about the margin for cruelty that resides in us all. A young Mexican woman migrates to California and marries an American man --- only to be deserted. A young man is disqualified from the Naval Aeronautical program and returns to his sister’s home, where he struggles with his identity and sexuality. After years of estrangement, a teenage girl travels to California from New York to spend the summer with her father.

Between each of the 13 stories in this collection are interspersed several “snapshot” stories --- poetic pauses --- that blend a set of images into an artistic visual unit, much like a brief cinematic experience. Every character in this collection is distinct from the next, but all of their stories unfold under the glare of the same Southern California sun --- a western desert light so clear and unfiltered that it reveals everything.

All's Fair and Other California Stories
by Linda Feyder

  • Publication Date: September 28, 2021
  • Genres: Fiction, Short Stories, Women's Fiction
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: She Writes Press
  • ISBN-10: 1647421993
  • ISBN-13: 9781647421991