The Other Side

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This debut collection of short stories by a rising young voice in American letters takes on the human condition with grit, humor, and penetrating insight. In "Lucy di Sartoria," a woman's marital infidelities prompt her to reevaluate her life. The title character of "Billy Stevens is 28" faces twenty-something angst, as the weight of missed opportunities falls squarely on his shoulders. "An Aria of Windrows" shows an office worker obsessing about a voicemail, and "Motley Black" is the comic tale of a melancholy ...
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Overview

This debut collection of short stories by a rising young voice in American letters takes on the human condition with grit, humor, and penetrating insight. In "Lucy di Sartoria," a woman's marital infidelities prompt her to reevaluate her life. The title character of "Billy Stevens is 28" faces twenty-something angst, as the weight of missed opportunities falls squarely on his shoulders. "An Aria of Windrows" shows an office worker obsessing about a voicemail, and "Motley Black" is the comic tale of a melancholy man taking a cross-country bus trip. In the title story of the collection, a young wife afflicted with debilitating headaches notices strange things happening in her house.

The stories of The Other Side explore our connections and disjunctions with other people. Refusing the glib comforts of rote despair or a false happiness, The Other Side focuses on moments of personal growth as well as times of falling short---on the emotional hinges, defeats, and victories of life.

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Midwest Book Review
With profound storytelling...[that] will resonate well with readers, "The Other Side" is a must addition to any short fiction collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982849705
  • Publisher: The Fieldnor Press
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

E. Thomas Finan is currently a lecturer at the University of Miami. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he holds undergraduate degrees from Cape Cod Community College and Boston University. He holds a PhD in literature and philosophy from Boston University. He has also taught at Boston University and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

His short play "Reunion" premiered at the Provincetown Theater Company in 2009.

He can be found on the web at www.ethomasfinan.com and at www.facebook.com/ethomasfinan.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    didn't care for this one jmm44

    There didn't seem to be much poiint to any of these stories

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

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    The Other Side

    Upon reflection, the seven stories in this collection appear to be more different than alike. The lengths vary. The focal characters are both male and female. They’re rich, poor, and in between. They cover the full emotional range, from happy to sad. Yet the collection holds together because they all seem real, both the people and their tales. No reader will read each story and say, “I’ve been there,” but everyone will be able to say they got a glimpse of "The Other Side."

    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

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