Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Love Will Make You Drink & Gamble Stay Out Late at Night Book Review

I have an interesting book to share with you today called Love Will Make You Drink & Gamble Stay Out Late at Night written by Shelly Lowenkopf.
"Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out Late at Night" brings a number of Shelly Lowenkopf’s previously published short stories together in a single volume. All the stories revolve around life in Santa Barbara, the oceanside city north of Los Angeles, where people go after they've burned out in San Francisco and L.A.—but there's no safe haven anywhere.  
Interwoven into Santa Barbara’s picturesque setting, the people in these twelve stories reveal what their hearts and souls encounter in relationships. Their misreadings, mistakes, and misadventures bare what happens to people who love another. 
This is a short book filled with several different stories from Shelly's collections of books that he has written over the years.
It's basically stories about affairs of the heart and what we love, whatever that might be. There is a story of just about anything that anyone could or has loved in the past or present. We are human after all, so we are flawed, but love what we love.
For a collection of short stories, it will have a little bit of something for everyone, no matter what your taste is in stories. It's a quick read that you will enjoy and probably even laugh a little here and there.
Happy Reading! 
“Shelly Lowenkopf is a gifted, humane story-teller, and 'Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out Late at Night' is a delight.”
—Aram Saroyan (author of Rancho Mirage and Trio)

“Shelly Lowenkopf’s collection of short stories, 'Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out Late at Night,' is a celebration of the strength, the vulnerability and the absurdity of the human heart. In their need to connect, Lowenkopf’s characters are driven to the extreme: a man falls in love with his best friend’s dog; a waitress tries to understand a hook-up with a pianist by listening to music she doesn’t understand; a professor’s thwarted but hilarious attempt to make sure he won’t die alone. Lowenkopf’s delightful stories will leave the reader nodding and smiling in recognition.
—Melodie Johnson Howe (author of City of Mirrors)

“Shelly Lowenkopf’s short stories breathe gusts of fresh air into the often stuffy literary atmosphere. Witty, urbane, sharply observed, insightful, mordant yet poignant and absolutely entertaining, these stories touch the funny bone as well as the heart. Readers have had to wait too long for this collection. Grab it now.”
—Charles Harper Webb (author of Liver, What Things Are Made Of)

“Shelly Lowenkopf is a master of the art of stealth in fiction. His writing draws you in and then, ka-pow! Here comes the sucker punch that flattens you.”
—David Gillham (author of City of Women).
About the Author:
Shelly Lowenkopf is also the author of "The Fiction Writer's Handbook," a popular book arranged like an encyclopedia on the elements of fiction writing. He had taught in the University of Southern California’s Master of Professional Writing Program for 34 years, has taught at the annual Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference since 1980, and has been guest lecturer in many schools and conferences.
He is currently Visiting Professor at the College of Creative Studies, UCSB, with classes in noir fiction, the modern short story, genre fiction, and developing a literary voice. Mr. Lowenkopf has served as editorial director for literary, general trade, mass market, and scholarly book publishers, seeing over 500 books through the editorial and production process. His own short fiction has appeared widely in the literary press.
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Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.


Teddy Rose said...

Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm glad you enjoyed the collection!

Robin Wilson said...

Sometimes I enjoy short stories over anything else. When I want to read and actually finish something in an hour. These sound interesting for sure. I'll keep my eye out for it.