Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Stories

Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Stories

by Audrey Kalman

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Jody catalogues her parental failures as she worries whether her ballet-crazed teen daughter will make it onto the stage. C.J. adopts his dead grandmother’s dog, risking eviction but opening himself to the possibility of love. Brianna uses a spoonful of pudding as a weapon. Judy begins a secret life as an erotica writer. Jake’s Bar Mitzvah preparations reveal tensions that threaten to split his family.

The women, men, children, dogs, and cats in these stories fight their worst impulses, circle each other warily, and occasionally connect. They struggle to make sense of the world and their place in it, with results sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, and always relatable.

This collection of short fiction from novelist Audrey Kalman opens a door on ordinary worlds turned extraordinary, where deeper meaning hides beneath everyday conversations and the possibility of tragedy—and redemption—is always close at hand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732054684
Publisher: Terrella Media, Inc.
Publication date: 08/08/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 182
Sales rank: 917,247
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Audrey Kalman writes literary fiction with a dark edge, often about what goes awry when human connection is missing from our lives. She is the author of two novels-"What Remains Unsaid"(2017) and "Dance of Souls" (2011)-and numerous short stories. She lives in northern California and is working on another novel. More at audreykalman.com.

Table of Contents

Tiny Shoes Dancing

Forget Me, Forget Me Not

Back After a Break to Discuss the Decline of Civilization

Before There Was a Benjamin

Everyone Is Gone

Untitled Erotica


The Appointed Time and Place

Skyping with the Rabbi

Put the Sweater on the Dog

So She Says

When All Else Fails

The Boy in the Window


Mistress Mine

Bad Luck with Cats


This Ain’t No Fairy Tale

If Only You Weren’t So

The Bureau of Lost Earrings

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Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Stories 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite The major thread running through Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Stories by Audrey Kalman is the intricacy of all kinds of emotions of people from all walks of life. Tiny Shoes Dancing, the collection's title, is the first story. It’s about a mother of a ballet dancer, Jody, who watches her talented daughter succumb to the pressure of the industry. It’s poignant and has a dramatic subtlety that I immediately loved. It’s easy to empathize with Jody who tries so hard to be a mother who supports rather than demands. Forget Me, Forget Me Not, thematically similar to Tiny Shoes Dancing, is about pushing the limits of the human body. Lilah, a runner training and preparing for a race, hits an unexpected stumbling block-literally. Pearls is one of my favorites, as its protagonist contemplates her irritations, then decides to view them as her blessings instead. Another favorite of mine is The Appointed Time and Place, where a divorced make-up artist, who’s in the course of reinventing her life, severs her insubstantial relationship with a younger underwear model. Not everything is easy for me to interpret. I’m still mulling about Back After a Break to Discuss the Decline of Civilization. Protagonist Marilee’s thoughts are slightly enigmatic to me. Is Cassie just a part of her desire? Is life with Preston the sole source of her regrets and envy? The Bureau of Lost Earrings ended the collection, where a woman’s earrings, which she often loses, held the story of her life’s journey. Kalman’s Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Stories is visceral; emotions of fear, helplessness, jealousy, desire, anger, love-just to name a few. The tone is sometimes light and wry, even slightly ambiguous. The narrative is easily contemplative and encapsulates the relationship dynamics between people. Overall, a good read.
CarrieR1 More than 1 year ago
This beautiful collection of short stories takes the reader into the minds of characters who could, in reality, be any one of us. Through their introspection and self-reflection, we re-experience our own lives as parents, siblings, and children, and—in a remarkably relatable and emotional piece—even a pet. Kalman has a knack for weaving sentences you want to read and then reread to absorb not only their beauty, but their depth: “Frank is a grain of sand that causes Ingrid to accrete layer upon layer of resentment.” Many of the stories are dark, just as life itself can be dark. Many of them are haunting, the kind of story that lingers with you long after you’ve read it. And all of them are visceral, their emotional prose reaching not only your eyes and brain, but your heart as well. A bonus? Readers who have read Kalman’s book “What Remains Unsaid” will enjoy an excerpt of the novel told from a different character’s point of view. I want to thank the author and publisher for an ARC of this short story collection. I highly recommend readers add it to their to-read list.