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192 pages (April 2002); 7.3MB downloadInsomniac Press
; ISBN: 9781897414392
Habits And Love is a debut collection of nine short stories that explores two of the most powerful forces that imprint our lives. Author Rod Schumacher paints portraits of everyday people as they struggle to understand themselves, the lives they've chosen, those they love and those who love them back. Schumacher employs simplicity of structure and a resilient, clear style allowing the subtext of human relationships to rise to the surface in these humorous and poignant stories. The protagonist of The Vast and Greatly Huge realizes why he has a desire for practical jokes, while teenage kids in This Guy at the Laundromat pull a lighthearted revenge prank on a grown-up foe and catch a glimpse of what lies beyond the laughter. In Driving Home a couple struggles to find a place for the memory of their dead child, while the title story, Habits and Love, dissects a traditional marriage, revealing the tension between comfort and longing strung across fifty years of marriage.