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Your death comes on slowly, while elsewhere, a nameless man fakes his own. Encased in glass, a young man navigates a world meant for those beyond. A mudslide washes away a once romantic weekend, and a childhood swim drowns all illusion of innocence.

These are but some of the tales in And Ampersand: Short Stories on Endings and Beginnings (of a Sort). In this collection of f
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Expected publication: March 8th 2021 by Cedarbrook Books
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Gregory Renz
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
And Ampersand: Short Stories on Endings and Beginnings (of a Sort) left me in awe of the poetic passages and emotion-laden prose. This collection of flash fiction and short stories will tug at your heartstrings and surely resonate with anyone who has struggled with losses in their lives. The author laces the stories with plenty of surprises that had me gasping out loud. To be able to say so much with so few words is a gift. And Ryan R. Campbell is indeed a gifted writer
Leander
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I got an ARC of this book from the author himself. If I have to be honest, I must confess I was a bit wary or starting this book. For lest it fall short of my expectations and disappointment set in.
But voilà! Was I surprised!
Not only did it keep me hooked for the entirety of it, it also reminded me of one of my favourite authors, Vladimir Nabokov. (If you've read his short stories, you'll know what I'm talking about).



I must confess, the premonition of disaster, which thankfully wasn't realise
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Ivy Ngeow
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting. Minimalist and visceral, these American literary short stories address the themes of fatality, mortality and the continuum of existence. Campbell's prose is reminiscent of Hemingway and de Lillo. I highly recommend this collection. ...more
Laurie Buchanan
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The author tackles the subject of death with curiosity and grace in this book of short, thought-provoking stories that stay long on the mind.
Valerie Biel
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow—I’ve enjoyed this author’s other books, but these short stories pack a big emotional punch. Lyrical, thought-provoking, poignant, and memorable, you’ll appreciate the beautiful writing. Impressive!
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Ryan R. Campbell lives in Stoughton, Wisconsin, with his wife, Lacey, and their cats, Hashtag and Rhaegar. Together, they own and operate Kill Your Darlings Candle Company, which sustainably illuminates the lives of readers, writers, and their communities with their candles for the wordsmiths of the world.

The author’s work as R.R. Campbell has earned him accolades including finalist placement in t
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