The Baker's Wife: A Short Story

The Baker's Wife: A Short Story

by Loretta Giacoletto

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Rose Bianco has been working her entire married life in the St. Louis bakery her husband Sal inherited from his parents. Now Bianco's is closing, the entire block destined for the headache ball to accommodate another tacky discount store. If only Rose and Sal could agree on how to spend their retirement years. She wants to travel; he wants to open a mom and pop fishing resort in Missouri's Ozarks.

"We'll call it Sal's Hideaway, a quality retreat for the sports-minded," Sal tells Rose. "I'll be the fishing and hunting guide. You can do the cleaning and cooking. After we get settled, I'll teach you the finer techniques of pie making. You can start a little side business to support those extras you're always wanting."
"Stop it, Sal. You're killing me."
"More like giving you a reason to live. Think second careers for both of us. Ain't we always been good at making a living? Although I sometimes wonder where all the money went."

Surely, there must be a way to work this out. After all, isn't that what marriage is about--the art of compromise?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148217800
Publisher: Marelwood Publishing
Publication date: 07/03/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 98 KB

About the Author

Loretta Giacoletto's novel Chicago's Headmistress was recently nominated for Best Historical Fiction at eFestival of Words. Loretta divides her time between the St. Louis Metropolitan area and Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks where she concentrates on writing fiction, essays, and her blog Loretta on Life while her husband cruises the waters for bass and crappie. Their five children have left the once chaotic nest but occasionally return for her to-die-for ravioli and roasted peppers topped with garlic-laden bagna càuda. An avid traveler, she has visited numerous countries in Europe and Asia but Italy remains her favorite, especially the area from where her family originates: the Piedmont region near the Italian alps.

Loretta's novels are filled with bawdy characters caught up in problems they must suffer the consequences for having created. In LETHAL PLAY a grieving widow is suspected of killing her son's coach, a man with more enemies than friends. FAMILY DECEPTIONS follows two generations of earthy characters who learn to thrive and/or survive through a series of misdeeds, the worst against those they love the most. FREE DANNER features a cynical young man whose troubled past and deadly encounters hinder his search for the father he has yet to meet. THE FAMILY ANGEL is an Italian/American saga about the Americanization of an immigrant family of bootleggers, coalminers, winemakers and priests, and a mysterious black angel who enjoys sticking his nose in the family business. The previously mentioned CHICAGO'S HEADMISTRESS, a prequel and partial parallel to THE FAMILY ANGEL, follows a 1905 Italian street urchin's notorious rise to wealth and power as the headmistress of Night School, Prohibition Chicago's most popular and innovative men's club in the 1920s. Loretta is also the author of A COLLECTION OF GIVERS AND TAKERS, an anthology of twisted stories about the good, the bad, the self-centered and the disillusioned

In addition to the horror anthologies, Damned in Dixie and Hell in the Heartland, Loretta's short stories have appeared in a number of publications including The MacGuffin, Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, The Scruffy Dog Review, Allegory and Literary Mama, which nominated her story "Tom" for Dzanc's 2010 Best of The Web.

An associate editor for Allegory ezine, Loretta is also a member of Backspace Writers.

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