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Remedies for Hunger
A collection of twelve stories featuring memorable and offbeat characters including a woman who can't tell left from right ("Ambidextrous"), a realtor with a bear for a client ("Realty"), and two sparring next-door households in a gentrifying neighborhood ("Neighbors"). Also, growing up with a ghost child in the house ("Georgia") and a pregnant runaway ("Homecoming").
Paperback, 140 pages
Published August 2014 by New Wind Publishing
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The strength of these stories lies in the characters that are created, each one engaging, believable, and irresistibly vulnerable. As often as we want to think of ourselves as not only unique, but also exceptional, better than others, the characters in Remedies for Hunger reveal that we are not. Regardless of the circumstances or situation, each character is self-reflective and insightful in ways that remind us of our commonality. Even the bear. I feel as though I have just spent time with many ...more
Remedies for Hunger is an insightful and varied collection of short stories, each a surprising, unexpected gem. There are vivid depictions of childhood, and of hope, dreams and disappointment at all ages and stages of life. These are stories that linger and leave an impression, sometimes unsettling, always thought-provoking, raw and real.
I LOVE this book - and not just because Anara is my sister (and I am even in some of the stories!) I love it because this is the kind of writing that truly feeds me: poignant, sometimes painful, with humor and compassion for the characters. I am constantly surprised and delighted by Anara's abilities to get inside the heads of her characters, many of them so different from herself, as well as her command of detail, and her fluency with language. She never loses sight of the magical ways children ...more
This lovely little volume of stories was perfect for what I needed right now: something short and sweet to read at bedtime. I would call these more "vignettes" than "stories," since most are like brief, poignant moments in a character's life: decisions made, chances missed. Guard's touch is deft; in a very small space, she is able to paint portraits of people that make us feel like we've already known these folks for a lifetime. And, in fact, these are our neighbors, our coworkers, our family me ...more
The stories in "Remedies for Hunger" evoke thought about the human condition as seen through the eyes of the most common of us rather than super heroes. Most of the stories are told in first person and pull you into lives that feel familiar -- yet different, the behind-the-scene stories underlying the headlines in the newspaper, the kind of stories that touch you emotionally, the kind of stories that cause you to reach inside for empathy and understanding rather than judgement.
Anara Guard grew up in Chicago where her first job was tending the corner newsstand for a penny a minute while Carl the Newspaper Man ate his lunch at Steinways. She studied writing at the Urban Gateways Young Writers Workshop of Chicago with Kathleen Agena, the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts with Norman Corwin, Columbia College Story Workshop, St. Joseph's College with Stu Dybek, and the ...more