Turned to Bronze
A collection of short stories: Prisoner of War, The Last Cowboy, Endangered Species, Creamsicle Skies, Second-Class Citizens, Frankie and Lonnie, A Special Gift for the Pigeon Man, What Goes Around Comes Around, Lady Midas, The Comedian, The Legend of Mirror Lake, Three Nellies, Dancing with Stella, Did He Win?
These stories range from the story of the Vietnam veteran who is visited by the bronze soldiers in the memorial before he can finally get some peace, to men remembering the kids in school who were bullied; from a hunter lost in the wilds saved by a Native American, to a businesswoman who finds she has money but at the crucial time no friends; from old men who are allowed to live and thrive on their stories, to how to survive when left behind in a hurricane.
Some stories are haunting; others are achingly sweet. The author says all have a theme of “learning to be somebody decent and dignified in a crazy world.” Each one will make you smile or make you think. Each one will help you “walk in another’s shoes.”
Jim Shaw is from Port Richey, Florida. He has a Bachelor of Science in Education, and a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. He was an English teacher and counselor for thirty years in Michigan's Utica Community Schools. He has been married to Julie for 46 years.They have two grandchildren and an adopted feral cat named Friday. He says he was a decent ball player into his forties, and still loves bowling and fishing.
About his stories in Turned to Bronze: “There is still something special about the short story. Short stories are like vitamins: You take one a day and let it work and be absorbed in your mind until it can even change how you think and feel. As a counselor, I often brought a short story into classrooms to help start discussions about really important things. You don't TELL people anything; let them experience something, and they will tell you what it means. Every story in Turned to Bronze is either about bullying or learning to be somebody decent and dignified in a crazy world. Bullying is so much more than getting a weaker classmate in an inescapable headlock. We bully by the things we do and say and the attitudes we share with unwilling others.”
His young adult novel, Molly’s Stallion, is published by Royal Fireworks Press.
Reviews from Good Reads and Amazon:
Each story is interesting, yet different. But no matter which one you read, the author masterfully paints a vivid picture of the characters and scenes. I could often envision myself there and hear the characters’ distinct speech patterns. It was a good read, and I highly recommend it to readers of all ages.
Each story has a bit of a twist, a curve ball you don't expect.
They will resonate to your very core in some way and evoke emotion--a smile, a tear, soul reflection.... Like a good novel, whose characters you hate to bid goodbye at the end, the stories in Turned to Bronze will impact your thoughts long after you have turned the last page.
A collection of short stories, some heart warming, and others heart breaking. Each character stays with you for days and days after you read their story. Although the stories are short, their message and connection with you are lasting. A beautifully written book.
I related so well to the short stories. Several of them touched my heart and left me thinking about them for weeks. It is the kind of book where you could pick it up, read a story or two, put it down and start it again easily. The characters were very real to life...sometimes unbelievably real.