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Bound by circumstance and tradition, and mocked by the turnpike that bisects their farmland, folks folded into the ridges beneath Timmons Mountain sense the world is literally passing them by and look for ways to catch up: veterans of several wars seek salvation through escape; a female garbage collector reconciles death through correlation; a clinical psychologist relies ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published October 17th 2014 by Harvard Square Editions
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S. Whitaker
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forthcoming in The Broadkill Review

Sharon Erby’s linked short fiction collection Parallel, from Harvard Square Editions, weaves together the lives of men and women who struggle to make ends meet in the mountains of south-central Pennsylvania. The characters of Parallel come from various backgrounds, but all of them are tied to the land, tied to the mountain, and tied to the real estate of the human heart. Erby makes good use of setting to illustrate the spiritual connection between the character
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Mike Zinn
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nice collection of short stories all having to do with folks living in a small area of the mountains near the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Nice idea, well executed. There are characters that keep recurring from story to story, but each story stands on its own as well. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys short stories, or if you want a quick read between longer novels. That was the space it filled for me, and I have to say that it was nice reading an interconnected collection. I read several l ...more
Steph Cullen
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This collection is unique because it brings together a cast of unlikely characters (everyone from a woman garbage collector,to a womanizing clinical psychologist, to an almost spinster Amish woman)and puts them in an equally unlikely location (the mountains of central Pennsylvania). These stories may not offer the high drama often found in alot of contemporary fiction, but they give a deep-felt and original glimpse into an overlooked segment of society.
Shannon
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
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I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

PARALLEL seems like an unfinished project to me. There are some nice moments, but most are incomplete, missing those elements that would make them pop. There are also some sections that slipped past the editor. I insisted on finishing the book, although there were times I wondered why. Yet there were some excerpts that resonated with me. Those were just too few.
James
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must-read for anyone who has ever felt marginalized because of where they live.
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I've been writing forever it seems, but until recently, it was only for myself. I grew up in rural western Pennsylvania, the youngest of eight children, in a home that was full of noise and homemade bread and a shared love of the outdoors and (usually) each other. Life after college took me elsewhere, and across the years I found myself in various jobs as I married and raised four children. I indu ...more

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