Geographies

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Pub Date 07 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 17 Dec 2023

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Does where we are shape who we are? Do the places we know or dream of make our memories? Can the map we hold in our hands awaken the landscape inside us?

Geographies is a captivating collection of stories that explore the profound impact of places on the human experience, delving into the complexities of aging, childhood and family life and the scars left by war. 

A man returns to the shores of Dover, England, where decades earlier he experienced his first awakening of adolescent desire and longing. A pair of orphaned siblings face off with a rattlesnake in the West Texas plains. In the title story, an aging father visited by his daughter holds close the frail maps that recall his experience as a wounded WWII paratrooper and give rise to a painful dreamscape that renders him a helpless witness to loss while in a companion story the daughter is touched by the realization that for her long-divorced parents their wartime bond remains a deeply felt imperative. 

Traversing the post-war decades from the tumultuous sixties to the present day, Geographies takes readers on a poignant and evocative journey across diverse landscapes, exploring the mysterious interplay of place and memory, loss and grief. These are stories imbued with lyricism and warmth, with characters whose vulnerabilities and resilience shine as they navigate the twists of fate and hidden regrets that shape their lives.

Does where we are shape who we are? Do the places we know or dream of make our memories? Can the map we hold in our hands awaken the landscape inside us?

Geographies is a captivating collection of...


A Note From the Publisher

Carmelinda Blagg was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Texas and, after earning her B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Dallas, she traveled throughout Europe, living for an extended time in Italy and France. After returning home, she resettled in the Washington, D.C., area where she worked for the World Bank for fifteen years. While working, she earned her M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and, after retiring, she began pursuing her longtime dream of writing. She has published her short fiction in many journals and anthologies, both online and in print, and in 2010, she was awarded an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council. She presently resides in Washington, D.C. This is her first collection of stories.

Carmelinda Blagg was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Texas and, after earning her B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Dallas, she traveled throughout Europe, living for an extended time...


Advance Praise

"Through fleeting encounters and lasting impressions, these stories capture the essence of places as ephemeral homes, where the heart finds refuge in unexpected corners." -Independent Book Review

"A collection of literary and psychologically astute short works that is highly recommended reading for followers of contemporary fiction; especially those who look for stories rooted in transformation and geographic landscapes of discovery." -Midwest Book Review

"An exceptional anthology of short stories, weaving a tapestry of human emotion and experience." -Literary Titan

"Through fleeting encounters and lasting impressions, these stories capture the essence of places as ephemeral homes, where the heart finds refuge in unexpected corners." -Independent Book Review

"A...


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ISBN 9798891320253
PRICE $17.99 (USD)
PAGES 212

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Geographies by Carmelinda Blagg is a collection of short stories, all with the theme of how our experiences and the world around us shape who we are.

Each story was captivating in it's own way, and I was particularly moved by the story of an elderly man grappling with grief.

A beautiful collection.

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