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The Boxford Stories: A Short Story Collection

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Welcome to the world of the Runyons and the Feldsteds, two Mormon families in 1970s Maryland. Far from their Western American roots, they cling to each other like exiles clutching a precious box of topsoil from the old country.

In The Boxford Stories you will meet Ada Runyon who always turns to Ruthalin Feldsted when she needs an ear—sharing her deepest confidences, her ev
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Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published November 7th 2014 by Ribbon Wand Press
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Victor Gentile
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kristen Carson in her new book, "The Boxford Stories” published by Ribbon Wand Press takes us into the lives of the Runyons and the Feldsteds.

From the back cover: Welcome to the world of the Runyons and the Feldsteds, two Mormon families in 1970s Maryland. Far from their Western American roots, they cling to each other like exiles clutching a precious box of topsoil from the old country.

“In The Boxford Stories you will meet Ada Runyon who always turns to Ruthalin Feldsted when she needs an ear—s
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Mary Naylor
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm not usually a fan of Mormon fiction because the authors usually have something to prove, or a statement to make, but I really liked the characters in this collection of short stories. The stories were set in the 1970s and were not in Utah but eastern U.S. which was refreshing. You felt like you knew these characters or at least knew someone like them. I enjoyed this and hope to read more from Boxford.
Joseph Naylor
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read for me. I liked it for a variety of reasons, but I think the best thing about these short stories are the funny ways the author describes the characters and the situations they are placed in. You can tell there was serious research that went into these stories in order to describe pig farms, fallout shelters, Greyhound Bus Depots, and little highway cafes (maybe the author has been to a few before). Well worth the time to read and laugh
Ciarran
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent short stories

Well written sort stories with rich descriptions and wonderful characters that you feel like you already know. This is a rare gem of Mormon-based fiction that never feels preachy and always feels authentic.
L_manning
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
In 1970's Maryland, the landscape is rapidly changing. Particularly for transplants from the Western United States. In this collection of short stories, the tales of some Mormon families is shared as they work their way through their own lives. Each family has different things to deal with, but they each have a connecting thread through their faith and the area that they live in. Some things may change, but these families will make sure that they make it through together.

I have come to have an
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Jillian Rae Happy Ending
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

The days when movie posters showing a woman’s shoulders or collarbones would be too much, days when TV was still referred to as 'colored television' are portrayed in this collection of short stories by Kristen Carson. These stories take us back in time to explore another culture.

I've never been a huge fan of the historical genre but this is quite a refreshing read as opposed to romance-revolving ones I'm used to se
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Diana
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I thought these Short Stories was really interesting. Life living in the 1970's and living across the country from family and friends. These short stories follow two families, The Runyons and the Feldsteds two Mormon families. We read about the two families in the story and I felt I could understand and relate to them, the writer I felt achieved that and the story was very heart warming. Bot these family are very strong in their faith but work and live around others who are not members of their ...more
Mave
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
It 's a collection of funny and short stories to learn more about Mormons, especially as it was difficult for them to face the cultural change of the 70s.
The protagonists of these stories belong to two families of Mormon and we see them juggle in their big and small everyday problems: first loves and first adventures of adolescence, the confidences of friends, misunderstandings between neighbors and relatives ....
It 's written very well, full of detailed descriptions, the characters are well def
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Rhonda
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
These are short stories about two Mormon Families the Runyons and the Feldsteds, two Mormon families in 1970s Maryland. The stories catch the human side of these families trying to live there faith with all their faults and good points. They made me think about what would I do in there place and what I should do. It has a sense of humor and a sense of realism in them.
The first story is The Gilded Door. It deals with a movie house turned to showing XXX movies. They try and do something about it.
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Sean Gilmore
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Boxford Stories started out slowly for me. I had a hard time getting into it or relating at all to any of the characters. By the end of The Gilded Door, I didn't think I would finish the rest of the collection. I'm glad I kept reading.

The Gilded Door was immediately followed by 'Atta Boy, and my opinion of the Boxford Stories took a turn. I immediately could relate to Latham and Erval, trying to do everything asked of them, but also keeping a tally in their heads of all their good deeds, hop
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