Across the Water: Tales of the Human Heart

Across the Water: Tales of the Human Heart

by Phil Harvey

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Award-winning author Phil Harvey has said, “We rarely recognize the extent to which human happiness requires struggle.” Love and the relationships it spawns—with children, for parents, among friends, and between neighbors—are addressed in a moving collection that explores emotional struggle. From headline-breaking issues to everyday jealousies and acts of tenderness, Harvey’s stories offer a nuanced journey into the human heart.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151630719
Publisher: Lost Coast Press
Publication date: 02/19/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 114
File size: 559 KB

About the Author

Phil Harvey’s fiction has appeared in Phantasmagoria, The MacGuffin, Natural Bridge, and the Dos Passos Review. His story “Roberta’s River” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and “Bait and Switch” won an award from Antietam Review. Harvey’s three new short-story collections examine the pivotal moments when people touch something at their own core or at the core of their relationships with others.
The Washington Independent Review of Books hailed Harvey’s first novel, Show Time, as “a psychological thriller that takes reality shows, and in fact much of our popular culture, into a realm of true horror… a thinking reader’s thriller, and a thoroughly entertaining read.”
Former President Jimmy Carter praised Let Every Child Be Wanted: How Social Marketing is Revolutionizing Contraceptive Use Around the World, and ACLU President Nadine Strossen said of Government Creep: What the Government is Doing That You Don’t Know About: “It will give you the creeps about the increasingly invasive role of government in every aspect of our lives—our homes, workplaces, even our bodies and minds.”
As president of Adam & Eve, a leading supplier of sex toys, adult films, and condoms, Harvey fights for libertarian values. The Government vs. Erotica, the story of the federal government’s attack on his company, drew praise from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. His battle for the freedom to distribute sexually explicit materials by mail spurred the ALA Intellectual Freedom Roundtable to nominate the work as the year’s best book on intellectual freedom, and the Media Coalition called it “a frightening, enlightening story.”
DKT International, a Washington, D.C.-based charity that Harvey founded, implements family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention programs in eighteen countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Harvey also helps fund the Drug Policy Alliance, the Marijuana Policy project, and NORML. The DKT Liberty Project, which he founded, works to raise awareness of freedom-of-speech issues and end injustices perpetuated by the War on Drugs.
Phil Harvey lives with his wife, Harriet Lesser, in Cabin John, Maryland.

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Reviewed by Lorraine Cobcroft for Readers' Favorite Across the Water by Phil Harvey is a collection of eleven contemporary short stories of varying length. Phil describes his stories as 'Tales of the Human Heart,' telling readers that they 'examine the pivotal moments when people touch something at their own core or at the core of their relationships with others.' An accomplished writer whose fiction has appeared in over a dozen literary magazines, Phil's professionalism and skill is on show in this polished, professionally-presented collection of thought-provoking tales on varying themes, all broadly related to alcohol and sex. Some of the stories in Across the Water were too short for my taste, leaving me feeling there should be more to come. I prefer stories with a more defined beginning, middle and end. But I loved Roberta's River because Al Meeker was a man I'd once known and adored. Beena's Story was evocative, and Across the Water sang a song familiar to so many, describing the heartache of a couple torn apart by love and loyalties. I also really enjoyed Mort and House Guest. The stories in Across the Water draw us deep into the lives of characters brilliantly portrayed and brought to life with unique, recognizable features and foibles. Phil Harvey's characters are people we've known and instantly recognize, with problems and emotions we relate to and understand. They leap off the page and call to us to love them, forgive their foibles, and understand their deepest hurts and desires. This excellent collection of stories will leave the reader to ponder deeply and want to read more by Phil Harvey.