“You run or you fight, but do something.”
This powerful collection brings together 17 short stories linked together by flight or denial. Yet, E.J. Runyon masterfully intertwines a lop-sided trail of hope, found in the hearts of the characters, to thread these tales together.
The distinct characters in Claiming One are both incredibly loving and tragically flawed: far from finding what they seek, and an even longer way from peace.
These are characters who run metaphorically towards burning buildings as often as they try escaping them. Often, we arrive to their story on the heels of a major change, whether actual or symbolic; the eternal circle surrounding the birth and death of beliefs, sureties or illusions.
Each story offers a glimpse into the characters’ moment of choice. We witness perilous options, discoveries and decisions, all while considering the flawless humanity presented to us.
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Author: E.J. Runyon
Category: Short Stories / Literary
Release Date: January 2012
Format: eBook (MOBI & ePUB)
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Runyon tells her stories with an unashamed truthfulness. The work is edgy, but never gratuitously so, never for the sake of edginess. At the same time, there exists a compelling emotional accessibility. If you are willing to risk reading, it will challenge you, capture your attention, and dare you to continue till the very last.
– Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of Pay it Forward
With this first collection, Runyon is following in the tradition of the great regional American writers. Flannery O’Connor, John Fante, Bret Harte, and Sinclair Lewis. The triumph of their stories was due in part to the writers’ craftsmanship and vision, but also to the honesty of the narrative which grounded the fictive worlds deeply in reality.
– Adam Burgess, owner of Roof Beam Reader