The Era of Lanterns and Bells

The Era of Lanterns and Bells

by Ann Tinkham


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999015704
Publisher: Napili Press
Publication date: 08/28/2017
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Ann Tinkham is a writer based in Boulder, Colorado. She is an anti-social butterfly, pop-culturalist, virtual philosopher, ecstatic dancer, political and java junkie. When she's not tinkering with words, she's seeking adventures. Ann has talked her way out of an abduction and talked her way into the halls of the United Nations. She hitchhiked up a mountain in Switzerland and worked her way down the corporate ladder. Ann has flown on a trapeze and traded on the black market in Russia. She cycles up steep canyons, hikes to glacial lakes and mountain peaks, and blazes her own ski trails. As soon as she amasses a fortune, she plans to buy an island and hopes she won't be voted off her own island.

Her fiction and essays have appeared in All Things Girl, Apt, Denver Syntax, Edifice Wrecked, Foliate Oak, Hiss Quarterly, Lily Literary Review, Short Story Library, Slow Trains, Stone Table Review, Synchronized Chaos, The Adirondack Review, The Battered Suitcase, The Citron Review, The Literary Review, Toasted Cheese, Wild Violet, Word Riot, and others. Ann's essay, "The Tree of Hearts" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her story, "Afraid of the Rain" was nominated for Sundress's Best of the Net Anthology.

Table of Contents

Tunnel Vision

A New York train operator is forever changed by a subway suicide. He makes a suggestion to the Transit Authority he believes will restore normalcy to his and the other drivers' lives.

Two Strings Short

A burned out journalist in a dying industry befriends a homeless musician in Los Angeles. An act of kindness enriches the journalist's life.

A Heart Never Broken

A man waiting for a heart transplant breaks up with his true love. He believes his heart isn't strong enough to withstand a possible heartbreak. Once he gets a transplant, he's not sure he can live with the heart he receives.

Cookies of Fortune

A man with a secret patrols the Golden Gate Bridge with fortune cookies and urges jumpers teetering on the edge to tell their stories.

The Era of Lanterns and Bells

A lighthouse grows to despise the sea. Its relentless nature drives lighthouse keepers away, leaving the lighthouse untended, despondent, and haunted.

Hole in the Wall

An obese woman is a shut-in until a little girl asks an unexpected question that prompts her to make a dreaded call and invite humanity's shaming glare into her life.

Touched by Fire

A woman on vacation in Jamaica runs into a man whose song she has always heard. She can't let go of his song until it becomes one she doesn't recognize.

Swimming in Colors

A woman discovers that her childhood swimming hole is teeming with toxins. Once a source of imaginative play, the pond has become a cold-blooded killer.

Fickle Grapes

A Jewish woman is nervous about introducing her African American boyfriend to her parents, who want her to marry a nice Jewish boy. Their first dinner together promises to be tense and awkward when something unexpected occurs.

Defying Gravity

An aerialist runs away from the circus when she discovers a dirty secret about the circus she can't live with.

Orcinus Pas de Deux

An orca trainer believes she is a whale until a meddling animal rights activist upends and breaks open her self-serving narrative.


An arborist who is no good at humans is forced to work with them. Her ingenious plan to keep people at arm's length backfires in a way she could have never imagined.

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