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Survival Skills: Stories Paperback – April 1, 2013
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"With spot-on observations and deep compassion, Jean Ryan writes about loss and longing, grief and love, and about the human ability to go on...This book will bring you closer to the things that are important in life." -- Lori Ostlund, author of THE BIGNESS OF THE WORLD.
"Jean Ryan's SURVIVAL SKILLS offers a wry look at the ways in which intimate relationships, ambitions, and desires are often foiled and skewed by the natural world." -- Henriette Lazaridis Power, author of THE CLOVER HOUSE.
"Ryan is not only a gifted wordsmith but a skilled anthropologist, creating, analyzing, and pulling apart at the cross section of each character." -- The Summerset Review
"Jean Ryan is a wise and witty voice in contemporary American fiction. The keenly observed stories in Survival Skills shine with insight, intelligence and, frequently, a most welcome portion of humor. This is fiction that matters." -- Mary Kalfatovic, Editor, The Committee Room
"Ryan controls devastating psychological material with tight prose, quick scene changes, and a scientist's observant eye." -- Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Jean Ryan, a native Vermonter, lives in Napa, California. Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals, including Other Voices, Pleiades, The Summerset Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Blue Lake Review, Damselfly and Earthspeak. Nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, she has also published a novel, LOST SISTER.
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Top Customer Reviews
That's from "Greyhound," the first in this collection of 13 short stories (their titles comprise the cover's design). "She" is a dog I'll never forget, one who's adopted out after she refuses to race anymore. But "she" is also thematic of all the characters unable to meet needs in these poignant stories of human (and animal) interactions and failed relationships, mostly lesbian. There is a sameness to many of the stories but they're beautiful and I'll eagerly read more by Ryan.
Buy it. Savor it, then look for more from this very gifted writer.