- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press; First Edition edition (2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870745611
- ISBN-13: 978-0870745614
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,506,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cold Snap : Bulgaria Stories Hardcover – 2010
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And what a wonderful surprise I found. Cynthia is a very fine storyteller. Her characters are so vivid and her stories so tight. I couldn't help but be amazed by her ability to penetrate under the skin of the people of this little town and capture their often suppressed but so real emotions. She managed to acutely grasp and depict the relations between women and men, children and parents and how they evolve, where the balance lies or a divide rises.
I felt right at home in the town of Old Mountain surrounded by the people I grew up with.
And was so moved by the tenderness with which Phoel observes their daily fights. I was saddened though that what Cynthia experienced was a time where the struggle for daily survival had taken center stage and left little room for dreams, aspirations and cheer.
Her book is an excellent debut and I can't wait to read more from her.
I shall certainly be looking for more writing from Ms. Phoel!
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I found the interconnected stories to have a haunting and evocative quality. The sense of resigned hopelessness that pervades the Bulgarian spirit was as persistent and unrelenting... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bruce McDonald
This was a great read - the characters were beautifully developed and the stories relied on the depth and complexity of characters rather than resorting to improbable scenarios to... Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by EC4151
The actual book was supposed to be hard copy. I received a paperback book labeled an SMU press uncorrected page proof not for resale.Published on August 5, 2013 by Cristi M Wakim
A wonderful first collection of short stories by a brilliant writer - Cynthia Phoel! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Cold Snap and would recommend adding this delightful book to... Read morePublished on October 18, 2010 by Joy