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Journeys. A Collection of Short Stories

Author:Sullivan, Paul
Genre:Short Stories
Order Code:S534
Paul Sullivan’s collection of short stories, Journeys, includes fifteen well-written moments, each of them plunging the reader into the world of a character that is at an exciting, terrifying, or devastating point. The reader travels with Sullivan from the Arctic Sound, where a Inuit boy is hunting seal with his father for the first time, to Africa, where a safari hunting guide finds himself so guilty over the kill of a respected leopard, he begins to believe that the leopard’s ghost is after him. The collection moves to Florence, where a sad, old man, lost staring at a girl in his own paintings, and a young American couple interact. They have more in common with each other than they realize.
These stories are intertwined beautifully with themes of family dynamics, broken friendships, and the evolution of a person’s life in relation to their surroundings, whether it be the cheek-biting wind in the Arctic, a twenty-four hour diner, open all night during a snowstorm, or a street in Spain, where a long-distance couple walk slowly towards their hotel, knowing that the next morning would bring an end to their trip, and their time together.

Each story is deeply described, emphasizing on the setting and always including all five senses. From “Interception of Light,” “The leopard was still breathing, his chest heaving up and down when they reached him. His long, beautiful, rosette spotted body was slowly oozing life, his wine-colored eyes looking up at them.”

“Stories Never Told” and “Open Water” were previously published in Rosebud magazine.