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Fifteen short stories including "Erice," William Faulkner-William Wisdom finalist. Mothers, sons, fathers, sisters, lovers, and friends. On some days, those who are closest to us behave oddly and act like strangers, and on other days, we are surprised by our own behavior. Set in the South, California, Italy, and Belgium, these stories are populated with characters facing inner and outer journeys that don't go as planned. --Why did Sadie's mother run away? And when will she return? --Must a teenager learn the truth about her daddy the hard way? --What lengths will a widow go to in order to avoid loneliness and her nosy neighbor? --In a California butterfly grove, what will a mother think of her son's date? --Why must a bride's rehearsal dinner feel like a Hatfield-McCoy moment? --Will an out-of-work actor go nuts while he awaits his agent's phone call? --On a train ride in Belgium, can a mother and son trust a talkative postcard salesman they encounter? --To what lengths will a new husband go to please his wife on their Sicilian honeymoon? --What kind of trouble can a restless wife find at a laundromat in Rome? In these tales, some humorous and others edgy, characters discover they really don't know those who are closest, while sometimes a stranger offers the gift of hope.
A native of Tennessee, Janie Dempsey Watts moved to California for college to study journalism and stayed on for 30 years. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but in her case led to a writing career. She enjoys writing fiction, and sees this peculiar occupation as a chance to bring order to a chaotic world, and of course as a good reason to eavesdrop in order to write accurate dialogue. In addition to her short story collection, Janie wrote two novels, Moon Over Taylor's Ridge, and Return to Taylor's Crossing, both set in the South. She has had a lifelong love affair with horses, and in fact returned to north Georgia to live near the family farm, so she could once again be a happy horse owner. She hopes you will buy all of her books and write glowing reviews. And for her part, she promises to use her royalties to buy oats for the horses and food for herself, thereby fueling her imagination to run wild and free.