The Window Is a Mirror
In gritty, penetrating prose, the short stories in THE WINDOW IS A MIRROR deftly mine both working-class and privileged sensibility to extract common elements. Characters of varying social strata are subjected to merciless scrutiny as they pursue prizes of dubious value, heedless of cost. Whether or not they get what they want is the least of their problems. In the end their disparate futilities mix them into a single tribe that looks like us.
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"With humor, grace, and lightning-quick prose, Andreoni tells the stories of loan-sharks, angel-headed bakers, and panther-riding gunslingers. A dark and beautiful collection of 21st century ballads." -- Alexander Weinstein, Award-winning author of Children of the New World
"Gritty, unflinching, powerful, daring, deft. These words come to mind when reading Andreoni's startling and clever collection of stories. He gives us razor sharp insights into flawed and intriguing human beings who struggle to survive, deal with the truth (or not), and wrestle with stuck-ness and futility. Each story becomes a window mirroring back to us the different shades of light and darkness, and some have a touch of magical realism. But the surprises keep coming." -- Zilka Joseph, Author of Sharp Blue Search of Flame, What Dread, and Lands I Live In
"As the title promises, Michael Andreoni's THE WINDOW IS A MIRROR reflects a world of hard jobs, tough luck and tougher grit right back at the reader. Each of these beautiful, psychologically astute stories follows characters whose triumphs and tragedies lay bare the symbiotic relationship between disillusionment and idealism. Andreoni's stories explore the ample spaces and graces between our worst impulses and our best intentions." -- Laura Hulthen Thomas, author of States of Motion