How many people do you cross paths with on any given day? A dozen? Twenty? Fifty? Ever stop to wonder how many of them might have more in common with you than you realize? What about your mail carrier? Your Zumba instructor? Your mechanic? The girl at the cash register of the supermarket? Your waiter? The person behind you in line at the bank? The truth is, we each have contacthowever fleetingwith countless people each day about whom we know little to nothing.
Join award-winning author Georgia Beers as she explores this very concept in Slices of Life, her first collection of connected short stories. Each story gives you a glimpse into the life of a character who happens to be a lesbian. Some are in love. Some are in trouble. Some are just going about their day. And at some point during that day, each character will cross paths with another, and then you’ll get a glimpse into her life.
A chef who’s losing part of her life; a teacher with a blind date; a stay-at-home-mom with a crush on her neighbor; a UPS driver who finds the courage to seize the day. Meet each of them, plus several others, in Slices of Life. Just like a good dessert, you’ll be left wanting more.
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About the Author
Lambda and Golden Crown Literary Award-winning author Georgia Beers lives in Rochester, New York, with her wife of 18 years, their teenage niece, two dogs, and a cat. This is her ninth novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's always nice when a book, or in this case, novella, takes a different approach to the normal format and provides an interesting hook for the reader. Georgia Beers accomplished this in her collection Slices of Life. The collection provides a glimpse into the lives of eleven different characters. Each of them deals with a situation that isn't unique, but can be instructive. There is the secretary involved with the cheating boss, a UPS delivery woman who fails to see her own attractiveness to others and a woman who realizes through her most important friendship that she needs to redefine her life. As the chapters progress through the teacher, the barista, the landscape architect and others, the reader is allowed into the lives of every-day people, where nothing extraordinary happens, but something significant does. Each one is a "slice" of that character's life, as if the reader dropped in for just a moment to witness what is happening. The stories seem to tell more because each one features the character for the next chapter, so the reader is progressing through each link in a chain. Eventually the novella comes full circle when the final chapter deals with the partner of the cheater from the first vignette. The beauty of this volume is that it leaves the reader wanting more. Any one of the stories could be turned into a full length novel and it's quite possible that the reader will want that. The resolution to each situation is indicated but not spelled out, so you can almost imagine the reader saying, "But what happened next?" It's good to give the work of new writers a chance, but it's also helpful to know which authors can be depended on to deliver a good story. Beers goes in that list.