A Bridge to Somewhere and Other Stories by Patricia Barnhart *ONLY 1 AVAILABLE*
Softcover, 140 pages
Lakeview Oregon's Patricia Barnhart recently released her ninth publication with "A Bridge to Somewhere," a collection of short stories.
Barnhart explained that it's been a while since she released a collection of short stories so she had a stash of around 50 stories and whittled them down to 24 total. Some run as low as 1,000 words for quick reads while others are more extensive that cap off at about 6,000 total. Each story is different from the next and previous. Genres range from fantasy to hard fiction to science fiction. The title story was inspired by a picture that Pixabay.com, a service that provides royalty-free pictures, graces the book's cover.
Barnhart said there wasn't meant to be a central tie between all of them. "My style is you’re never sure what's happening until the end of it. They’re all like that. They have unexpected endings."
Within its covers, three stories are included that received recognition from writing organizations. These included her story "Ring" that received third place at the Central Oregon Writers Guild’s Harvest Writing Contest, "Glyph" received an honorable mention in the Idaho Writers Short Story Competition and "Mall of America" got Oregon Writer's Colony Contests as an Entry of Note.
She said a couple used the "cut to the bone" and simple style that renowned writer Raymond Carver implied in his writing. Barnhart called her collection more sophisticated than what she's written before and has immense humor and off-the-wall styles.
Patricia's other works include "Songs of the Sagebrush," a ranch cookbook with stories and vignettes published in 2005, her "Twist" trilogy of short stories, "Food for Thought," with couples recipes and stories, a novel named "Like a River Flowing," a book of poetry titled "Under the Jack Rabbit Moon" and a family heritage book called "Give Us This Day."
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