The Fortune Teller and Other Short Works

The Fortune Teller and Other Short Works

by Nanette L. Avery

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Overview

In a style of her own, Nanette L. Avery weaves together an imaginative and wide-ranging collection of short works from a woman's point of view. Created with the same skillfully crafted techniques that have defined her writing, Avery offers readers wry humor, surprise endings, strange encounters, and "oh, that's cool" in her latest book, The Fortune Teller and Other Short Works. Here destitute women follow behind Civil War troops, a fortune teller reveals an outlandish prediction, unidentified photographs possess a dead man's secret, an ordinary couple devises sinister plans, and a menagerie of other characters step into places and ideas that are often familiar yet strange. In the world of the short fiction, The Fortune Teller and Other Short Works presents an opportunity to take a hiatus from a labyrinth of lengthy text. Stories, such as the realistic narrative of The Lincoln Tunnel will strike a familiar chord for urban travelers. Set in Newark, New Jersey's bus terminal, a commute into Manhattan describes a more than realistic ride laced with dead-pan humor. Lorenzo's Produce captures the private revelations of a group of women all set in a most ordinary place, a grocery store, exposing innuendoes and the unspoken allusions of your everyday housewife. With more than thirty works to choose from, the collection brings together a cast of characters that say and do what most of us would only think. Endings with a twist do not go beyond reason, but adhere to logical conclusions, while the brevity of some of the pieces are like a tap on the shoulder reminiscent of our own private thoughts. Written in "matter-of-fact language," readers are invited to observe the curious details of everyday and not so everyday life. Sometimes short, sometimes mini, and sometimes blunt, all will entertain. And then, in a flash…they're gone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543931853
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 07/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 140
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Nanette L. Avery, novelist and short story writer, is best known for her historical fiction, Orphan in America, which earned distinction as one of the "Best Indie Books of the Year" by Kirkus Reviews. Her most recent title The Fortune Teller and Other Short Works was inspired by her father, a man of great intellect and wit. Growing up in the Virgin Islands, Avery's diverse experiences as zoo designer, toy library director, educator, and artist contribute to the book's wide-ranging themes. As a mother and wife, she asserts that "Behind every great writer is a good listener." Nanette lives outside Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Craig, and their orange cat.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

When the Magic Disappears 2

The Word-Catcher 21

The Tenant in 4C 30

The Fortune Teller 40

Lorenzo's Produce 55

Hungry Hill 60

Bringing Up The Rear 63

The Man And The Boy 73

Out West 75

A Morning Spill 78

Trees Pose Nude in Winter 79

The Pool 80

Manhattan Lunch Hour 82

The Lincoln Tunnel 83

The Charm Bracelet 87

Gleanings 89

Zazel 91

The Game 94

The Weed 98

What is The Color of the Sea 99

The Captain 101

Making it Work 105

Roses 106

The Lunch Out 107

The Frog 109

Dumb Luck 110

Not Is Power 113

A Chance Encounter 115

Good-Bye Mr. Fish 118

Said The Author 119

Do Great Women Vacuum? 120

Cabbit (An Allegory) 121

Letters To Kay 129

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The Fortune Teller and Other Short Works 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite The Fortune Teller and Other Short Works is a collection of stories by author Nanette L. Avery. Featuring more than thirty stories which vary from short flashes to fuller tales, this collection hangs on a common theme of mystery and intrigue, with strong female narration and a writing style which felt like the old classics of horror, for example Lovecraft or Poe. Some examples of tales from the collection include the morbidly entertaining ‘When The Magic Disappears’, about a couple going to extreme lengths to get out of a lackluster marriage, and the short, quirky, yet strikingly effective ‘Out West’, where a railway journey reveals a great deal about humanity’s attitude to nature, progress and towards one another. Nanette L. Avery is a highly accomplished storyteller, and I was absolutely delighted to review this volume filled with numerous delightful gems. ‘The Fortune Teller’, the story for which the volume is named, was a particular favorite. I love to see common tropes like predictions and omens taken on, and all the assumptions and conventions of storytelling twisted around within them to create a new surprise. Some of the stories have an unfinished atmosphere about them, and I mean that in a highly complimentary spirit, much like the works of Raymond Carver for example. Avery knows very well how to hold her readers in a story and give them plenty to work with, but still leave those intriguing gaps that keep you returning and thinking long after you put the book down. The Fortune Teller and Other Short Works is a highly recommended read.