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After Opium: Stories David W. Berner

After Opium: Stories

David W. Berner

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The ten stories in this collection are taught, smart, and wide open windows into deep corners of the human condition. David W. Berner, author of the memoir ACCIDENTAL LESSONS, has a skill for telling short-short fiction. In this group of stories -MoreThe ten stories in this collection are taught, smart, and wide open windows into deep corners of the human condition. David W. Berner, author of the memoir ACCIDENTAL LESSONS, has a skill for telling short-short fiction. In this group of stories - some previously published - Berner explores how we carry on after kicking habits, shedding obsessions, or losing what we believe we cant live without.In the title story - AFTER OPIUM - boyhood friends meet years after one has overcome the spell of opium addiction. THREE DRUNKS AND TWO COPS explores how even the best of intentions can be dangerously, and even humorously, ill-advised. BOBBY AND KATHLEEN and LOVING LINDA touch on desperate relationships that despite the best intentions never have a chance to survive. THE BIRD, PIECES OF GLASS, and OVER THE EDGE AND INTO THE WIND examine the fragility of love. Berner looks at how we bond in the midst of possible tragedy in TWO MEN ON A ROOF and the lasting sadness and horrific experiences of a Vietnam War veteran are revealed in THE SMELL OF DEAD SOLDIERS. And lastly, we are reminded of the melancholy beauty and precious memories of a first love in the collections final piece, BARRE WORK.