Friday, October 5, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: BEAUTIFUL MAN and Other Stories by JACK MAURO






Beautiful Man

by

Jack Mauro

 About the Book . . . 

Twelve short stories, all set in modern-day Knoxville, Tennessee, and each exploring the rhythms and currents of relationships, encounters, and the conflicts within characters themselves.  From the reality beneath the surface of a hotel manager's charm, to the sadly funny and complex clashes between a family on a holiday carriage ride, Beautiful Man and Other Stories probes the fascination of lives as shaped by Southern, and all too human, forces.

 
 About the Author . . .          

Jack has been writing professionally for fifteen years, with work ranging from a guide to Internet dating (from Simon & Schuster) to liner notes for Oscar and Grammy winner Carly Simon.  His first love, however, remains fiction, and of a very Southern kind.  Beautiful Man and Other Stories marks Jack's return to the form after ten years.

 

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Reader Review . . . 

Jack Mauro's new collection of short stories, Beautiful Man and Other Stories, is set in Knoxville, Tennessee.  All the stories are set in the area of Gay Street in Knoxville.  Although there are some references to the South, this is not a sappy, "Don't y'all just love fried chicken?" type of book.  The setting is a metropolitan area, and the author has developed characters who are universal.  

The author uses the third-person point-of-view throughout the stories, allowing for a more descriptive story.  While some stories, such as Music and Coffee,  grabbed my attention more than others,  they were all good.  

4 stars
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Innovative Online Book Tours book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  

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1 comments:

Vickieann said...

Thank You for hosting Jack Mauro today.

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