Bitterness: Seven Stories

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David Orsini, 2010 - Fiction - 188 pages
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This collection of short stories explores the lives of characters that are tested as well as transformed or defeated by the loss of a spouse or by the loss of children and other relatives during a world war. In Bitterness: Seven Stories, David Orsini explores the lives of characters that are tested as well as transformed or defeated by the loss of a spouse or by the loss of children and other relatives during a world war. Some of the characters are tested by the aftermath of a fatal air crash, by terminal illness, and by unrequited love. The troubled human beings who activate their journeys within these pages include war-haunted veterans, a young protagonist who has inadvertently caused the death of his best friend, and a world-weary engineer who enters an unorthodox sexual triangle. These stories often portray characters who make unwise and sometimes perverse choices and who struggle to move forward to a new cycle. "Bitterness is a skillfully crafted, subtly affecting work which leaves the reader with much by which to be both saddened and heartened. Each story is effective on its own while coalescing into an overall pattern that one experiences as a unity." -Alfred Turco, Wesleyan University "Bitterness is a wonderful collection. It is dramatic. It is truthful. It is a feast of vivid language and wise insights." -Patricia M. Wardell, Principal, Holy Name School
 

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