Universally Adored and Other One Dollar Stories

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Vine Leaves Press
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.57 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author
Washington-DC-based Texas author Elizabeth Bruce's debut novel, And Silent Left the Place, won Washington Writers' Publishing House's Fiction Award and distinctions from ForeWord Magazine and Texas Institute of Letters. She's published in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malawi, India, Yemen, and The Philippines, A co-founder of Sanctuary Theatre, her bilingual book, CentroNia's Theatrical Journey Playbook: Introducing Science to Early Learners through Guided Pretend Play, garnered four indie awards. She's received DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation Fellowships and studied with Richard Bausch, Lee K. Abbott, Janet Peery, John McNally, and Liam Callanan. Discsover more at elizabethbrucedc.com.

"A deeply gifted writer." Richard Bausch, Winner, PEN/Malamud & Rea Awards for the Short Story

"Elizabeth Bruce's stories have that rare quality of feeling as though they have always existed, the way the best stories always do. In a lesser writer's hands, the conceit of beginning each story with 'one dollar' might seem like a gimmick, but here they echo Wallace Stevens' 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, ' and I found myself eager for what came next, curious to see how each new story amplifies the previous story while also diverging from it, often in dramatically different points of view and styles. These are exquisite short stories that give me hope." John McNally, author of The Book of Ralph: A Novel

"Inventiveness, voice, and vivid characters grappling with life and love pour forth on each page. A remarkable tapestry around a shockingly familiar starting point, this collection brings us new ways of seeing ourselves and the constellations of our closest relationships. It's breathtaking." David A. Taylor, author of Soul of a People: The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America

"A gifted storyteller, Elizabeth Bruce is at her best here. Keen-eyed and with a great gift for stand-out narratives at whose heart is a profound appreciation of the particular, she takes us on a journey with ordinary people whose lives turn on a dollar. These stories sing with ingenuity. Just how far can one dollar take a person? You'd be amazed." Naomi Ayala, author of Calling Home: Praise Songs & Incantations

"Elizabeth Bruce's stories shine a light on the conflicts--big and small--that we face in life and our struggles to resolve them. She writes thoughtfully and elegantly about the pain and beauty of being alive." Eric Stover, Faculty Director, UC Human Rights Center, Co-Producer, PBS documentary, "Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten"

"Elizabeth Bruce's stories are mesmerizing and heart stopping. She has a way of creating so much feeling and tension with so few words. Like her story, "The Bell," they are a real gift." Evelyn Torton Beck, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, University of Maryland Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Editor, Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology

"In Elizabeth Bruce's hands we learn that the answer to grief is kindness. Instead of pandemic, Bruce offers us a contagion of hope in her wonderful, incredibly humane stories." Nick Kocz, Winner, Washington Square Fiction Award, author (as S.M. Thayer), I Will Never Leave You

"This lovely story captures the evanescence of time, the way the smallest moments inform a life, and the chance encounters of memory. The story's heart, the moment of revelation, is beautifully textured." Janet Peery, National Book Award Finalist for The River Beyond the World about "Starry Lashes"

"A beautifully crafted gem glittering with wit and insight." Sarah Pleydell, author of Cologne

"Elizabeth Bruce is the ninja of flash fiction. Her literary precision pierces that tender spot that both stings and satisfies the reader's soul." Joy Jones, author of Jayla Jumps In

"Quintessential Elizabeth Bruce-that rhythm, that wit, that clarity-a song in story form." Kathleen Wheaton, Former President, Washington Writers' Publishing House

"Elizabeth Bruce has the gift of saying more with fewer words, leaving readers everything they need to know while trusting them to assemble the character between the lines." Dana King, author of Penns River and Nick Forte series of crime novels