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Discoveries: A Journey Through Life

Shirley Ann Parker (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-0771-x ©2001
Price: $14.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 211 pages
Category/Subject: FICTION / Short Stories (single author)

From the everyday challenges that define us, to magical realism, Shirley Ann Parker’s 17 stories weave a colorful tapestry of life’s discoveries. A visual and humane writer with a delightful sense of humor.

Like the flash and dart of dragonflies, other busy lives surround ours as we prance unaware through our own world. Whether describing mountains, countryside, coast or town, Shirley Ann Parker is a visual and humane writer with a delightful sense of humor. Each absorbing story portrays a powerful sense of place, even when life’s smaller crises are held up to the light. It is the everyday challenges that define us, after all. From the joys and exasperations of daily living to magical realism, from Old Man Shever to The Refuge, these 17 stories weave a colorful tapestry of life’s discoveries.

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Customer Reviews

  Pleasant and enjoyable , 02/04/2004
Reviewer: Phyliss Goodrich
"A pleasant and enjoyable book that caught me up in its stories. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Even people who don't like reading will find it a simply marvelous collection of short stories. I look forward to the next book."

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  Thoroughly enjoyable , 02/04/2004
Reviewer: Alice Stubli
"DISCOVERIES: A Journey Through Life is a thoroughly enjoyable and delightful collection of short stories. Shirley Ann Parker has captured the events of everyday life with warmth, humor and understanding. Every reader will find a little of himself within the pages of this book."

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  So positive and uplifting , 07/31/2004
Reviewer: MauDee Thomson
I haven't quite finished it yet but I really admire the style. It is so positive and uplifting. May it go into a thousand printings!

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  A Pleasant Read , 01/31/2007
Reviewer: Pauline Hager
DISCOVERIES A JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE is a delightful book comprised of 17 vignettes. Each story depicts situations, at one time or another, we have experienced or knew of someone who did. The characters portrayed could be our mother or father, sister or brother, aunt or uncle, neice or nephew, friend or enemy. Many of the situations are humorous, some sad, poignent, a few frustrating, one or two mystical, but whatever the emotions, they depict everyday life experiences---a journey through life. Ms. Parker's writing is clear and concise. Any of these short stories could be developed into a powerful novel. There were several that I wish she had. I didn't want to stop reading. Keep the magic, Shirley Ann Parker!

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  Short Story Delight , 02/07/2007
Reviewer: John Wolf
I found Ms. Parker's stories to be rich with thought and dripping with life experiences, some humorous, some more serious, but each a gem. "DISCOVERIES: A Journey Through Life" could easily be a spring board for several novels. Ms. Parker's style is full of intrigue, enticing you to keep reading.

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  Exceptional Short Stories , 02/16/2007
Reviewer: Linda Meckler
When I read this book I could not believe all the up and downs of these stories. They were insightful, interesting and I could not put the book down. I recommend to everybody that has been relationships and living life to the fullest. Linda Meckler

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