Bonds of Love & Blood

Bonds of Love & Blood

by Marylee MacDonald

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940333083
Publisher: Marylee MacDonald
Publication date: 12/18/2015
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Marylee MacDonald is a former carpenter with a Master's in Creative Writing from San Francisco State and a Certificate in Novel Writing from Stanford University. Her novel, MONTPELIER TOMORROW, won the Gold Medal for Drama from the Readers' Favorites International Award competition. The short stories in BONDS OF LOVE & BLOOD have won the the Barry Hannah Prize, the ALR Fiction Prize, Matt Clark Prize, the Ron Rash Award, the Jeanne M. Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. Her stories have appeared in American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Blue Moon Literary & Art Review, Broad River Review, Folio, New Delta Review, North Atlantic Review, Raven Chronicles, River Oak Review, Ruminate, StoryQuarterly, Superstition Review, The Briarcliff Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Yalobusha Review, and others. She lives in Tempe, AZ.

Table of Contents

1-Bonds of Love & Blood; 2-Pancho Villa's Coin; 3-Almost Paradise; 4-Key West; 5-Proud To Be An American; 6-Weekend in Baltimore; 7-Teşekkür; 8-Oregano; 9-Two Trains in Manmad; 10-Finding Peter; 11-The Ambassador of Foreign Affairs; 12-The Bean Grower

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Bonds of Love & Blood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite Wow! Just...wow! I just finished reading the absolutely wonderful collection of short stories by author Marylee MacDonald, Bonds of Love & Blood, and I simply cannot get over how fantastic this book was! Anyone who knows me knows that I love short stories in general. Being able to pick up a book and read a complete story as I'm riding the bus to work or sitting in a waiting room for an appointment is simply a delight. But when I started reading Bonds of Love & Blood, I found a completely different experience. I simply could not put this down. I read story after story; once one was done, I simply could not wait to see what author Marylee MacDonald had in store for her readers next. From the story of a mother and daughter struggling to love an alcoholic husband and father, to the man who feels disfigured by the birthmark on his face but finds, on a trip to Thailand, what just might lead to his happiness, to the story of tough workplace situations, the stories may seem disparate, but are all linked by the common themes of love and loss. Author Marylee MacDonald has done an absolutely masterful job of presenting her readers with short stories so beautifully written that the characters will stay in your mind long after the story, and indeed the book, is done. If that isn't a hallmark of an amazing writer, I don't know what is. Any reader who loves works of short fiction, or just great fiction in general, will love Bonds of Love & Blood. I highly recommend this book, and will certainly be watching carefully for the next work released by author Mary MacDonald. If it's anything like this one, it will absolutely be worth the read!
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (11/16) “Bonds of Love & Blood” by Marylee MacDonald is an excellent book of short stories that will capture reader’s hearts and stay with them even after reading. Through MacDonald’s writing readers are transported through a variety of plots, some which they have or may encounter that will give them the opportunity to decide on the endings. The short stories carried one from another with great ease and a seamless flow. The plots span around the world and the characters range widely in age. These stories really hit home with this reviewer, especially one story from Lana about letting adult children go, and another when a thirteen-year-old has difficulty with her over-bearing father. All the stories show readers how the bonds we have with others, good or bad, can either be very rewarding or chain us down. It is then we must decide to stay or let go, and for some that is the hardest part – letting go. It reminds us that we only want the best for others in all situations and sometimes the control we seek will not help others grow. At the same time, sometimes we just grow passive, just so we can enjoy some peace. I like that these stories give one the opportunity to determine or at least think about what they would do in these various situations. MacDonald’s characters are all well developed and written in first and third person helps with the story development. As with many readers, the choices we make can be very small or one that will make a huge impact in our lives and the lives of others. This reviewer got the sense while reading that some of the characters she would either hate or love. In my mind, I kept giving advice on what to do. The author’s writing in “Bonds of Love & Blood” was so easy to read and understand and one felt like the characters were people they encounter every day. Her descriptions of the different locations were so vivid you almost feel you are right there experiencing things right along with the characters. I certainly look forward to reading more works by Marylee MacDonald.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Paula Tran for Readers' Favorite Marylee MacDonald's Bonds of Love and Blood is a very well written, heart gripping anthology of short stories that will interest any reader. Writing in perspectives of different characters from different cultures, MacDonald presents stories that highlight the importance of human interactions and bonds with others. I loved this book particularly because the characters are all really relatable and very real. These characters share the same problems and issues we do, and they share the same feelings we do. The characters are also very distinct from each other; each character has his/her own unique personality, thought processes, and reactions. Even the dialogue and interactions are all very realistic. This anthology also portrays an excellent writing style. Each story's tone is drastically different and amazingly well written. I like how you are able to feel different emotions through the texts and how you are able to get close to the stories, characters, etc. The writing also helps paint a picture in my head: not too much detail, but not too little to leave me dazed and confused. The stories featured in this anthology also make use of great cultures. The author obviously has a good grasp of each culture and it really shows in the writing. There are no petty stereotypes and overused descriptions, each culture is well rounded and realistic and jumps off the page. This keeps the reader interested. I absolutely loved the anthology/book for this.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite Bonds of Love & Blood by Marylee MacDonald is a collection of short stories set in both exotic and familiar locations. The commonality among the stories is the struggle between love and commitment and learning to cope with bad situations. How the conflicts end is as varied as the characters who are forced to confront their own demons. From the love of a parent to an unappreciative child to the love lost between a man and a woman, Marylee MacDonald makes the Bonds of Love & Blood reader think about everyday dilemmas that plague relationships. From feeling too old to be a part of a grandchild’s life to struggling with what to do with a dead marriage, the stories are vividly written and invite the reader to take an emotional ride. Perhaps her strongest talent as a writer, MacDonald does a terrific job with adding international elements to her stories that draw the reader into foreign cultures without sounding like a guidebook. When she creates her stories, you get a feel for the people through their interactions, their language and their backstories. These glimpses into other cultures play important roles in the plots and are expertly balanced with universally relatable emotional turmoil. I also appreciated that in a world of happily ever afters she gave me a good dose of reality where love doesn’t always mean forever nor is it always on the main character’s terms.