The Talker

The Talker

Short Stories

Book - 2017
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"In these stories set in the southwest, the mostly workingclass characters struggle to rise beyond their pasts and their own worst tendenciesSojourner uses passion, high -- energy storytelling, and unflinching empathy to break the reader's heart." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS
Publisher: Salt Lake City, UT : Torrey, 2017
ISBN: 9781937226695
1937226697
Branch Call Number: Fiction Sojourner
Characteristics: 217 pages ; 21 cm

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The bio of fiction writer, journalist, and sometime NPR commentator Mary Sojourner says she "believes in ... Healing through writing." In this collection of short fiction, it feels as if she's writing to heal characters, as well. Sketchy, stretched, beaten up or beaten down, wrestling w... Read More »

Rose @ Wheeler Taft Abbett: This short story collection explores the daily dramas and trials of fictional Arizonans who are just trying to get by; full of fantastic storytelling and humanity, this book has been the most memorable of my 2017 reads.

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PimaLib_RoseK Jun 27, 2017

Travel around Arizona and become acquainted with various characters and their unique settings in this Arizona author's work.

Inside the pages of this wonderfully composed story collection, navigate the lives of ordinary people who live complicated lives. Sojourner explores the daily dramas and trials of fictional Arizonans who are just trying to get by. If you're looking for a quick read with local flavor, try this loc... Read More »


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Nov 12, 2017

What a find!!! Each of these stories are beautifully crafted with great sensitivity to the character's engagement with the challenges of their life events. Sojourner's people are alive! She gives them a voice that rings true to their spoken language. Even the Southwest locale breathes with the scent of desert! I read some of them twice and found bits and pieces that had escaped me the first time through. A delight indeed!

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