From great grape fiascos to wars...wit and wisdom from India, Hungary, South Africa, Poland and the United States...by the Pawprints Writing Club
Poignant, funny, tender, frightening, insightful memories narrated in the distinctive voices of Angelenos originally from a range of continents, countries and times.
These short stories, mainly memoirs, plus some purely fantastic romps, will alternately tug at your heart and break you up. Wonderful reading.
And inspirational, too. Those contemplating writing their own memoirs will find helpful examples of different styles, organization/structure, and content.
Jane Madeline's tales of times in an earlier United States are utterly charming. My personal favorite is her "Great Grape Fiasco," on page 88. Andre van Zijl is from another world...South Africa. The opening of his autobiographical novel, which we are privileged to have in our book, is haunting and lyrical, beginning with the words, "Africa grips me by the throat. Shakes me like a dog with a rat, refusing to let me go."
Eliza Crawford, too, is from another world. You'll find tales of the British India that framed her early years, with stories of snake fairs, thieves, and Gorbachev, to name a few topics, fun as well as intriguing.
And David Brooks takes us to Demblin-Jrena, Poland, in 1939. The son of a prominent Jewish businessman, he and his family did not flee when the war began, as his father did not believe bad things would happen to them. You can hear the droning of planes and explosions as he describes what happened when Germany invaded their town, home to much of Poland's military, and ache as you think of what will be coming next.
Sophie Chudacoff moves us from the Orient Express to musings on being age 94 here in the U.S. And Howard Westley, a man of many talents, writes with his own brand of wit about flying glider planes during WWII, "Bees and other Pets," and being a musician. He also pens a very moving piece about losing his father.
And Earl Boretz, who wrote many pieces in the first volume of "Stories from the Heart," has several more episodes in the lives of the wacky relatives of his cat, Mo, short for Mozart.