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His stories give me the feeling of kinship with the characters and a familiarity with their experiences.
Arthur Powers, a Harvard lawyer, spent a great part of his adult life living a simple lifestyle as a Catholic Lay Worker in Brazil.
Powers captures the very essence of each character and creates a collection of tales that is unforgettable.
I've read plenty of short story collections, and I have to admit that this is seriously the best collection I've read. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Svetlana
What a great book! I really enjoyed the short stories. I was surprised by this sense I tend to stay away from books that are not novels. Read morePublished 9 days ago by booknerd
Arthur Powers’ experiences while living in Brazil seep into his short stories such the descriptions of brightly painted shacks, savvy street vendors and shady samba schools in the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Don Mulcare
Arthur has compiled a great collection of short stories. His narrative is down to earth and personable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Van Valkenburgh
Having recently completed Arthur Powers’ book “Hero for the People: Stories of the Brazilian Backlands”, I felt compelled to write this review because of how much I enjoyed his... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Craig Baranowski
A collection of short stories that transported me into the depths of Brazil, but also led me to explore questions in contemporary society and my own life. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Caren Addis
I have never been to Brazil, but Arthur Powers' words bring it fully to life for me. There are those of us who write, and then there are masters of prose, artists who paint with... Read morePublished 12 months ago by E. A. Hara
Mr. Powers' writing style reminds me of Tobias Wolff's and Raymond Carver's. It is sparse and unadorned, but lavishly rich in quality and meaning. Read morePublished 13 months ago by YEN VALENCIA-DALISAY
In "A Hero for the People" Arthur Powers demonstrates a rare control of the short story form. His sure touch provides just what readers need to know and concentrates on the moment... Read morePublished 14 months ago by eileen buchanan