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Cafe Stories

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

Love Stories
- 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
- Unfaithful

Humor
- 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

Science Fiction
- Operation ICU
- UFO
- 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781467962940
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/20/2011
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Guarino is an author and teacher living in the SF Bay Area. Cafe Stories is an eclectic collection of 26 critically acclaimed short stories previously published by dozens of magazines in the United States, Canada, Australia and Great Britain.

He is the author of Cafe Stories, The Devil's Orchestra and The Chess Table.

Here are a few reviews of his work:

"Guarino's style is simple and consistently powerful, his storytelling a triumph of art over artifice." Ben Price (Zouch Magazine)

"Jerry's writing is consistently fresh and inventive. His stories grab from the beginning, then hurl the reader into surprising and powerful endings. A must read!" Earl Wynn (Daily Love)

"Each story is well crafted with the natural elegance of a natural writer." Scott Wilson (The Fringe Magazine)

He is currently working on a murder mystery for the stage. Follow him on twitter @cafestories and his website http://cafestories.net

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