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"The quiet plains of the North Country serve as a perfect backdrop for Parsons' moving debut, a collection of short stories whose characters often live deeply solitary, if not always lonely, lives."
--Kirkus Reviews - Best Books of 2014 (starred review)
"Eloquently written and replete with a continual stream of un-hackneyed twists and turns, Parsons' collection is superbly crafted. Engaging, riveting, and at times, mind-boggling, The Sense of Touch is earmarked to become a literary classic."
--San Francisco Book Review (five-star review)
Parsons has made himself a man to watch in the literary world. Each of these stories is as thrilling as the next.
--Portland Book Review (five-star review)
Ron Parsons' stellar debut collection is full of stories as changeable and unpredictable as a Midwestern springtime, as fresh and clear as a hidden waterfall, as sudden and perplexing as an unsolved murder. At once playful and deadly serious, hilarious and sad, these are the kinds of stories that will involve your own memory even as they show you a world you've likely never seen.
--Peter Geye, author of The Lighthouse Road
Ron Parsons in the sensitive sensual stories of The Sense of Touch explores the infinite spaces between the cold cold stars as well as the subatomic bosons and protons of timid touches, the uncertain certainty in Zeno's paradox of never connecting connections. These tales are the winsome hissing of busy signals lisping in the icy nicely nice neighborhoods of the missing Midwest at the intersection of polite delight and absolute zero at the bone.
--Michael Martone, author of Four for a Quarter and Michael Martone
--South Dakota Magazine
About the Author
Ron Parsons is a writer living in Sioux Falls. Born in Michigan and raised in South Dakota, he was inspired to begin writing fiction in Minneapolis while attending the University of Minnesota. His short stories have appeared in such places as The Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Flyway, and The Onion
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Top Customer Reviews
The Sense of Touch by author Ron Parsons dives passionately and affectionately into the typical problematic human relations. These eight short stories are collected into a scene for each reader’s own remembered past upon their own experiences. The eight stories unfold to tell of friendships, loves, loss and betrayals, ranging from the emotional scale of sad to funny. Each of these wonderfully written stories, come from an original thought, an emotional telling and a rather entertaining perspective. The characters involved into the stories, were also expressive, able to be related to, and downright level with the emotional gist of human nature. If the weather has got you down and stuck indoors, grab The Sense of Touch by Ron Parsons and kick back on your favorite chair and grab a blanket, for this one will be a fictional great read that warms the heart and the soul.
I bought this book for a vacation and could not put it down.
The thread to all the stories is how some experiences (people in particular) leaves us not the same and naked you think.
Was sad when I finished the book, wanted to read more stories.
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