Dora's Curse and Other Stories

Dora's Curse and Other Stories

by David Beard


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David Beard has been drawn to short fiction throughout his very literary life.

With Dora’s Curse and Other Stories he pulls together a collection of over

a dozen of his favourites.

In the cover story, a tribute to James Joyce set in Paris, Dora, a devoted

mother, places a curse upon Jack, her profligate husband. In “The Story

That Couldn’t Be Told” the narrator finds himself drawn to memories and

to stories: and a story within a story within the story itself. In a small town in

Australia, “The Three Sisters”—Larry, known as Laura, Max known as

Maxine and Virgil known as Virgie—use their budding talent to make an

outrageous impression on the locals. Meanwhile in Toronto at the

“Crossroads” of two major downtown streets, sisters Faith and Honor have

fallen for the same handsome man.

Dora’s Curse and Other Stories is a delightful potpourri of tales, long and

short, some humourous, some sad, all touching on the foibles and fantasies

of its collection of colourful characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780992004354
Publisher: The Future of Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

David Beard was born in rural Australia in 1923 and moved to Sydney at the age of 14 to begin work. He arrived in London in 1949. From there it was on to work in the British Embassy in Washington and at the United Nations in New York.

Arriving in Toronto in the 1950s the creative arts moved front and center in his career. He acted on stage and in film, played piano for silent films and opened Cine Books, a bookstore specializing in books and periodicals about film.

After a short stint in San Francisco he returned to Australia in the 1990s, where he continues to enjoy movies, books and writing.

Table of Contents

1. The Story That Couldn't Be Told
2. Filters
3. The Three Sisters
4. Crossroads
5. Immortality for Sale
6. A Different Invasion
7. One Dark Night in the Forest
8. An Early Conspiracy
9. The Prince of Peace
10. A Fix is But a Fix
11. Bow Tie
12. Is There a Problem With the Language?
13. The Green of Summer
14. A Sudden Death
15. Funeral of the Year
16. Dora's Curse
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