Nine Pieces for Heart and Mind: Tales of Love, Life and Death
Nine tight, off-beat stories of love, life, and death. This is fiction for readers who like strong characters wrestling strong problems. A unique musical thread weaves through neoclassic narratives, some with a touch of caprice. Anthony J. DeBlasi does not shy from taking on the tragic side of life. He taps a deep well to conjure utterly dissimilar tales that warm or chill, bring nostalgia or shock. The chilling/shocking side of the range stems from the author's spiritual kinship to Edgar Allan Poe. The warm/nostalgic side comes from holding fast to human constants in a world disordered by self-interest and "progress." Even when he drives to the edge of belief, the author breathes reality into his stories. DeBlasi uses words to capture life, not color it, lasso it, bury it in symbols, or make it hostage to a political line. Two powerful tools keep his characters on track through life, even when chance deals a terrible hand or death casts a shadow: a vigorous mind and a fearless heart. Making the two-heart and mind-work together instead of fighting calls for strong character. Such is the type called in DeBlasi's penetrating tales of love, life and death. The book begins with a peek at the author, whose life has itself been a good story: never seeing a Christmas tree till the age of six ... bouncing from orchestra to war zone to computers . . . falling in love with words and with a girl from Scotland . . .
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