Kind Eyes

Kind Eyes

by Mary Hutchings Reed

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A single line drawing is an attempt to simplify the world around us, to represent the complex in one continuous line. Similarly, Reed's short stories each artfully reflect the complexity of human relatedness in a single situation or moment. In her simple and elegant prose, Reed, like the single line artist, rises to the challenge of capturing the true shape of a moment. The award-winning stories in Kind Eyes, draw the reader into relationship with the ordinary people in our lives--lovers and strangers, friends and families.

In these pages, we meet memorable characters: a charming, homeless teenage con; a couple who divide their lawn into left and right at election times; an actress with Alzheimer's; an insecure "Lawyer of the Year"; a dog with a taste for rum cake.

In simple and complex ways, Reed's characters go about their daily lives, experiencing fear and hope, confusion and clarity, revulsion and love. We see in them people seemingly different from us to whom we are ultimately connected as one.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162782124
Publisher: Ampersand, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/23/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Although she practiced intellectual property law in Chicago for almost 39 years, Mary has devoted much of the past 30 years to writing. In addition to three books on sponsorship and cause-related marketing law, Mary has published four novels and a handful of short stories. Her first novel, Courting Kathleen Hannigan, (Ampersand, Inc.) was published in 2007. Warming Up was the second in print (She Writes Press 2013)--a top finalist in three national contests and Runner-up in the Soon to be Famous Author Project of the Illinois Library Association. Ten percent of the proceeds of Warming Up benefits The Night Ministry, serving Chicago's homeless. Her third published novel, Saluting the Sun, was the inaugural publication under the Good Reading for a Cause imprint inaugrated by Ampersand, Inc. All books under this imprint benefit a charity selected by the author. Mary donates 10% of the proceeds from its sale to LAF, the largest provider of pro bono civil legal services to the poor and under-served of metropolitan Chicago. Mary was the 2015 the recipient of the Champion for Justice award from LAF (now Legal Aid Chicago) in recognition of her life-long commitment to legal services for persons living in poverty. One for the Ark, Mary's fourth published novel, won the Bronze Medal in the Foreword Reviews INDIES Awards and was a finalist for the International Book Award. Ten percent of the proceeds from One for the Ark benefits Lawyers for the Creative Arts, which provides pro bono legal services to emerging artists and arts organizations. She has been a board member for more than 30 years and earned its Distinguished Service Award in 2006. One for the Ark is currently in development as an indie feature film written and directed by Tom Trinley, and Saluting the Sun is in development as a stage musical by Amy Steele and Donna Steele.

Her short fiction has appeared in ARS Medica, The Liguorian, The Tampa Review, The Florida Review, (Finalist, Editors Prize), r.k.v.r.y and Hemingway Shorts, Volume 4. For several years, she wrote a bi-monthly column on fiction writing for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, "Amicus Scriptor." Her musical, Fairways, about golf, honesty and love, has been produced four times in the Chicago area.

Mary lives in Chicago and Walworth, Wisconsin, with her husband, William R. Reed, MD.

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