Following the success of Paula Margulies’ acclaimed novel, Coyote Heart, comes this collection of extraordinary stories about love, loss, and the secrets that bind family members together. In Face Value: Collected Stories, Margulies explores the themes of compassion, regret, loneliness, loyalty to family, and the search for true love. Tender and haunting, with brilliant touches of humor and magical realism, these stories will claim a place in the hearts of readers everywhere.
Targeted Age Group:: Women 18 and older
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wrote these stories from 2000 – 2006, during the time just before and after the events of 9/11, when many of us in the United States were feeling raw and vulnerable. When I started writing them, I didn’t really have a general theme in mind. Each character and situation came to me on its own, as single images mainly – kind of like snapshots – that I felt I had to study further.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I especially enjoy exploring the dynamics of family relationships, so many of the stories focus on how we relate to our fathers and mothers, and the ways in which these relationships define us. In Bird Song, for example, the main character, Elsie, lives with her widowed father and struggles to reconcile her feelings about her current situation with her sense of where she really should be in her life. In the title story, Face Value, the main character, Francesca, lives alone and suffers from agoraphobia. As the story unfolds, we learn a dark secret from Francie’s early life that helps us understand the role her family played in her condition and how she came to form her current view of herself and the world around her.
About the Author:
Paula Margulies is the owner of Paula Margulies Communications, a public relations firm for authors and artists. She has received numerous awards for her short stories, essays, and novels, including her first novel, Coyote Heart, her short story collection, Face Value: Collected Stories, and her novel-in-progress, Favorite Daughter. Paula is a contributor to a number of blogsites and writing websites, including Author Magazine and The Writer’s Edge (writersedgeinfo.blogspot.com). She has been awarded artist residencies at Caldera, Red Cinder Artist Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and Centrum. Paula resides in San Diego, California. For more information, please visit www.paulamargulies.com.
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