A Modern Day O. Henry
Cafe Stories is an anthology of 26 critically acclaimed stories by Jerry Guarino, previously published in magazines in the United States, Canada, Australia and Great Britain in 2011.
Like mysteries, these stories have twists and turns, unexpected consequences and surprise endings, much in the style of the great William Sydney Porter (aka O. Henry). Instead of 19th century New York, the stories take place in contemporary New York, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The collection includes love stories, humorous accounts and even a few science fiction tales. Like O. Henry, Mr. Guarino's style appeals to a wide audience, men and women of all ages. Editors, publishers and authors around the world have high praise for his writing.
"His style is simple and consistently powerful, his storytelling a triumph of art over artifice."
Ben Price (Zouch Magazine and Miscellany)
"His writing is consistently fresh and inventive. His stories grab from the beginning, then hurl the reader into surprising and powerful endings. Definitely a must-read."
Earl Wynn (Thunderune Publishing)
"Each story is well crafted with the natural elegance of a natural writer...a real treat for the reader."
Scott Wilson (The Fringe Magazine)
"Jerry Guarino's Cafe Stories sends his readers on a merry chase through a wild array of micro/flash fiction--humor, satire, and pathos. He artfully captures gentle souls and slick cons, the high brows and their unsuspecting victims in characters that step from the page to engage the reader. Guarino finds the tiniest trait that creates zany folks the reader wants to protect or strangle. Often at the same time. Prepare for the surprise twist at the end. He gets you every time."
Myra McIlvain (Author of Legacy)
We think you'll find Cafe Stories a wonderful addition to your library, on a bookshelf or as an e-book on your computer or tablet. Relax in your favorite coffee house with this book. You'll be glad you did.
- The Devil's Orchestra
- Double Sting
- The Duke of Yelp
- First Love
- In the Mood
- The Love Beads
- Pie or Die
- Practical Goldberg (A Love Story in 3 Parts)
- The Tightrope
- Trick or Treat
- Coq a Doodle Do
- I am the writer; I speak for the programmers (with apologies to Dr. Seuss)
- Preheat the Microwave.Com
- The Rich are Going to Hell
- Traffic Stop with Annie Kim
- You Don't Have to be High to Crave White Castles: A Rant
- The Waiting Room
- Operation ICU
- Under the Apple Tree
More O' Henry style
- 30 Minutes of Hell
- 30 Seconds of Hell
- The Black Hole
- The Grand Poobah
- In and Out
- The Thief