Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, friendsthey all get into the act in Michael Mirolla’s Lessons in Relationship Dyads. Harsh lessons, sweet lessons, bitter lessons, faux lessons, these are tales that probe not just the primary relationships all humans “enjoy” but also the relationships involved in the act of storytelling itself. These stories rise from fiction to metafiction without ever forgetting that the central beat, the central electrical pulse, in any tale must come from the heart.
|Publisher:||Red Hen Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Michael Mirolla’s publications include a punk-inspired novella, The Ballad of Martin B.; three novels: Berlin (a Bressani Prize winner); The Facility, which features among other things a string of cloned Mussolinis; and The Giulio Metaphysics III, a novel/linked short story collection wherein a character named Giulio battles for freedom from his own creator; a short story collection, The Formal Logic of Emotion; and three collections of poetry. His story “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence” was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology, featuring the year’s best short stories, while “The Sand Flea” was nominated for the US Pushcart Prize.
What People are Saying About This
“This collection of stories could have been entitled The Centrifugal Forces of Relationships. Michael Mirolla has stitched a network of characters connected by some fiber of association. Sister to sister, brother to brother, sister to brother, son to father and mother, daughter to father and mother, husband to wife, friend to friend: this intricate fabric of voices is intelligently woven into a complex pattern that will not shrink after repeated readings. Here is a writer who handles language like a master tailor his needle and thread. Lessons in Relationship Dyads is a colorful mosaic of men and women and the fears, desires, hatreds, and loves that darn their lives.”
Antonio D’Alfonso, award-winning poet, novelist and translator
“ Lessons In Relationship Dyads exposes the emotional landscape of family, replete with landmines and oases. Together these stories have the power and mystery of poetry. They’re jam-packed with imagery, insight and literary playfulness.”
Marianne Ackerman, author of the best-selling novel Jump