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Table for One [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Kelley
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Book Description

Ah, the pleasure of temporarily inhabiting characters imbued with so many of the flaws that most
of us strive to hide. Five stories, involving well more than five problem customers.

Milo Steddiman, a disgraced business titan, revisits his childhood town of Lincolnsville in “Full
Circle”, only to discover that the years spent away haven’t exactly erased the traces of
personality he’d left years before.

In “A Summer Tale”, Miss Dori sees a familiar-looking man in a barber chair, and is flooded with
memories of a rapturous summer decades before. Could this actually be Franklyn, who’d loved
and left her, who’d stolen her heart and soul before departing her life?

A husband takes the plunge and informs his wife of feelings he’s developed for another woman.
Being straightforward is such an admirable trait! The conversation, however, definitely does
NOT go in the direction he had hoped. Such is his reward for “Honesty.”

Unlike Miss Dori, Catherine actually found the man of her dreams in Thomas Gardiner Huntley.
And then they got married. Years later, Catherine is completing a “Jigsaw Puzzle,” her
primary ‘allowed’ hobby, and she reflects on how her choices resulted in such an intractable
situation, and what she can do to end it.

And to round out this 23,000-word collection of damaged goods, “Original Owner” opens a
window into Gerald, who’s been chucked by girlfriend after girlfriend. For Gerald has a problem
with those who have come before him romantically. And as he’s discovered with much agony,
there’s not a damn thing he can do to alter the past. Or his obsession with it.

An enticing group of stories! There’s nothing quite like being both horrified and relieved by
experiencing through words how those tricky blemishes in our own personalities could have
altered our lives….

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  • File Size: 241 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A969WJK
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By tarsh
Format:Kindle Edition
Received this book free from the author in exchange for a review.

This is a collection of five stories, was a fairly quick and easy read, and that's actually about the best I can say about it, I think.

The fourth story, Jigsaw Puzzle, was the only story in this collection that I actually enjoyed. While all the stories are competently written, either thematic elements (A Summer Tale) or characters (the other three stories) meant I actively disliked the other four.

The first story, Full Circle, I did not like at all - the narrator was a deeply unpleasant personality, even - or perhaps especially - seen from his own point of view. Putting this as the first story in the collection was a mistake to me, as I almost stopped reading entirely before it ended.

The second story, A Summer Tale, was better - but the premise (that a woman would spend most of her life ostensibly waiting for the boy who seduced and left her when she was nineteen) left me somewhat out of sorts. Fortunately, this story was very nearly redeemed at the very end - enough to make me read on, at least.

The third story, Honesty, about an 'honest' conversation between a couple at the end of their relationship, was okay. But neither of the characters was particularly appealing, either.

The last story, Original Owner, was again a rather unpleasant character seen from his own point of view dissecting the history of his failed romantic relationships. Really, all I have to say about this one is: grow up.

I think the thing that bothered me most about this collection was that there was no room in here for the idea that aloneness is not equivalent to loneliness. Almost every character was either unpleasant (stories 1, 3, and 5), abused (story 4), or abandoned (story 2). Just... not worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tour through the mind's labyrinth December 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I couldn't put this down, and the characters were incredibly real. I think my favorite was the Jigsaw one because I was rooting for that character. I enjoyed the wry humor that is present in all the stories, even in the midst of tragedy.
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By Debbie
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very relatable collection of stories about assorted characters with varied afflictions. You may not have yet personally felt the same pang as each of them, but you certainly have someone in your life that has similar attributes. The author's writing style is both inviting and engaging. "Table for One" is a thought provoking reminder of how we all face fears and tribulations as we try to grow in our relationships with others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Set of Stories! February 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this set of stories. These quick reads are a bit darker and more serious than the other stories I've read by this author, but they were well-written and the characters very real and believable. My favorite was definitely "Jigsaw Puzzles", but all of them are good. I'd definitely recommend "Table for One" to anyone looking for some interesting short stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING January 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
TABLE FOR ONE is a collection of short stories that depict situations that happen in the lives of normal, everyday people. Though I've never actually experienced any of these situations myself, I could relate to parts of each story. Daniel Kelley's writing is so precise and descriptive that I could visualize each story vividly.

FULL CIRCLE is about someone we could have read about in the headlines. Milo goes back to his hometown to gloat a bit that he transcended his lowly roots - but did he?

A SUMMER TALE was probably my favorite of the five stories because almost every woman has experienced to some degree the heartache Miss Dori suffered. It's a wistful tale.

JIGSAW PUZZLE was heartbreakingly sad - and gloriously redemptive.

HONESTY - this story definitely shows that honesty is NOT always the best policy!

ORIGINAL OWNER had me thanking my lucky stars I never knew anyone like Gerald!

Each of these stories is thought-provoking and beautifully written. They linger on in the mind long after they've been read. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fly on the Wall December 22, 2012
By Kathryn
Format:Kindle Edition
The characters in each short story were very real, and very flawed. Reading the stories was like being a fly on the wall, watching as each character confronted his/her own demon. At times, it was so realistic, it was almost uncomfortable. As that fly on the wall, I found myself wanting to fly away and escape the unflinching soul-bearing, but at the same time, was drawn to stay.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surprising December 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I didn't realize it was a book of short stories when I got it.....sorry, but I'm not a fan of them....but I found that I could not put it down! The stories grabbed my interest, got to the point.....and then on to the next! Quite enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great set of stories! November 27, 2012
By Alyssa
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I really enjoyed this group of short stories, which deal with many topics such as relationships, redemption, betrayal, love, hatred, and remorse. My favorite of the stories would have to be 'Honesty' but 'Original Owner' is a close second! All of them are very well-written and written with a lot of feeling.

I would totally recommend these!!! =)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who Loves Ya Baby?
Five character studies in five stories make up this collection. To me, they all centered around some kind of love story. Not always a happy ending love story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gail Ofterdinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark psychological vignettes...
*Table for One* is an anthology of psychological short stories that reveal some of the darker moments and aspects of the human experience. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Delta_S
4.0 out of 5 stars Table for One Indeed
LibraryThing Book Review

Table for One is collection of short stories into the human character. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars grabed of the real life
It was an easy-going reading which I liked very much. Daniel Kelley writes short stories which are grabed of the real life. Those stories could be experienced by everybody. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ameise1
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this short e-book
Received this Kindle e-book free from LibraryThing. What an excellent job Kelley has done - a delightful, short novel of 5 short stories that I read in one afternoon. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ann Welton
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing short stories
I was given these short stories in exchange for an honest review.

These are all great stories! The author created very real characters. Read more
Published 15 months ago by m pollard
5.0 out of 5 stars Not usually a short story reader.but...
People to love, people to hate, and a bit of all of us in there. A most excellent and insightful read.
Published 18 months ago by J. Leblanc
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
A "Table for One" is a wonderful set of stories filled with interesting characters. It can get a bit dark, but the characters are people that I might encounter in my own... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Melly Mi
5.0 out of 5 stars A very clever compilation!!
Each of these stories portray the character's inability to be whole while paired with a member of the opposite sex. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jennifer Kummer
5.0 out of 5 stars creative and entertaining
The title sets the theme for this collection of 5 short stories. Each stories has its own unique tale of love lost, or romance gone bad. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Angela C Taylor
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More About the Author

Daniel Kelley is an author and a music arranger. His third novel, A Shiver of Wonder, was published in October 2014. Nearly 650,000 books of his compositions and arrangements have been sold worldwide, and over 25,000 of his e-books have captivated readers. With lyricist JoEllen Doering, he also composed the music to the classic holiday song, 'It's Christmas Time Again'.

Daniel creates erotic mosaics, bakes constantly, annoys practically everyone with puns, is a massive EDM fan, and loves playing games of almost any kind, though Hearts is his current fave. He and his wife Cynthia have three children and too many fish. Adair, Darcy and Adele are the names of the children.

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