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Dominant Traits

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Enslaved by their own fears, the characters in this riveting collection are straining for redemption. Their choices reflect the well-worn patterns we carve for ourselves through our idiosyncrasies—our dominant traits. A basketball coach teaches moral ambiguity; a divorcé clutches at sanity; a mother struggles with her son’s paternity; a childless man regrets his youthful o...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published 2012 by Dufour Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Scotty Cameron
I have never been to Canada. However, after reading these short stories, I feel like I know more than the average US citizen about the culture of southern Alberta.

The stories in here are all tied together by their setting in southern Alberta, Canada. Outside of that, the stories vary greatly. We get narratives from the point of view of an assistant basketball coach all the way to that of a middle-aged mother with a son of questionable birth. Somehow, Eric Freeze manages to write these stories co...more
L.T. Downing
The following is a review I wrote which was previously published in Irreantum, the literary journal sponsored by the Association for Mormon Letters (AML). The AML has interest in Mr. Freeze's work because of his religious background:

IN AMERICAN POLITICS these days, it’s common for politicians to cast themselves as the Washington outsider, insisting they are no different from Mr. and Mrs. Main Street back home. Their constituents seem to admire this attitude as an ideal, always hoping for someon...more
Lizzy
This was an interesting collection of character studies. Freeze really paints a picture of Canada and it was worth reading if only for learning more about the culture. There are themes and images carried throughout the collection that tie the book together in interesting ways. However, in the first person perspective stories, I didn't get a feel of the unique characters' voices, which was disappointing. There were many unique and engaging ideas for stories in here, but they tended to run on and...more
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