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Cold Snap : Bulgaria Stories Hardcover – 2010

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Product Details

  • 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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As a Bulgarian I was excited to read Cynthia Morrison Phoel's collection of Bulgaria Stories but also quite apprehensive. How well could somebody who only spent a couple of years in a country get to know its people? Would she pick up and expose all those little quirks that make us who we are but could be quite embarrassing? How is she going to judge her experience?

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.
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These are enchanting stories, intertwined but stand-alone, superbly crafted with wit, cultural insight and portraying lives in transition. Bulgaria is a wonderful country but one must understand the challenges it faces as it evolves from a bleak past and struggles forward but all too slowly. Ms. Phoel captures the place, the people and the difficulties. But she also portrays the wonder of this unique, ancient and lovely culture! A must read for anyone who knows, or wants to know more about Bulgaria.
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By Reader on August 14, 2010
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The characters in Cynthia Phoel's book came alive and I wanted to know more about them as they appeared. The author was very helpful in making that happen. I began to wish the book would not end. I hope she will write many more novels. She helped us meet the characters, but also get a feel for the times and problems at that time in Bulgaria.

I shall certainly be looking for more writing from Ms. Phoel!
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I was completely captivated by this novel. Cindy Morrison Phoel brilliantly shaped the characters and transported me to another land with her storytelling. I literally couldn't put it down. Highly recommended!
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I really enjoyed these stories. They are set in a small town in Bulgaria during the 1990s while the town is waiting for the central heat to be turned on. The descriptions of the characters and their surroundings are so vivid you get a clear image of them in your mind. The townspeople (ranging in age from school children to the elderly) focus on the earthy basics of physical and emotional need. I finished the book wanting to read more about the characters.
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Lovely collection of Bulgarian stories. We so rarely hear about Bulgaria so these are a treat. They are told with authority, compassion and a deep personal understanding of the people who make this unique Balkan Country.
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