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Bonds of Love & Blood

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by: Marylee MacDonald
Books with a 5 star rating  (2)
Publication Date: July 10, 2015
Book Size: 6" x 9"
Pages: 248
Binding: Perfect Bound
Color: Black and White
ISBN: 9781940333083

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Book Synopsis
At home and abroad, solitary travelers embark on journeys that take them where they never expected to go. A woman in Istanbul hooks up with a Kurdish rug dealer and learns a lesson about family life. A visitor to California—the elderly Tanaka—must shape up his daughter before she alienates the bridegroom. With a marriage at risk, Leslie and her Indian mother-in-law nearly come to blows over a shared kitchen. Walter, self-conscious about his disfiguring birthmark, finds himself stranded on a beach in Thailand, but for the first time in his life, he is not alone.

Whether young or old, male or female, parents or children, the people in these stories stand at crossroads. Life places obstacles in their paths, but their own misjudgments put them in harm's way. Should they take a risk or turn back?
Customer Comments
Posted: November 24, 2015
Customer comment 5 star rating
The twelve prize-winning stories in BONDS OF LOVE & BLOOD remind us of our universal and contradictory longing for solitude and for connection. Five-star reviews from Hollywood Book Review, US Review of Books, Readers' Favorite, and Midwest Book Review.

"MacDonald applies insight, power, and delicacy to create characters between whom the psychic space virtually sizzles." —FOREWORD REVIEWS


"With elegant prose enlivened by shards of mean humor, MacDonald captures how hard it is to love and/or trust abroad or at home."—KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Author Marylee MacDonald has done an absolutely masterful job of presenting her readers with short stories so beautifully written that the characters will stay in your mind long after the story, and indeed the book, is done."—READERS’ FAVORITE

"In her collection of twelve brilliantly-written short stories, MacDonald explores the pain and beauty of human relationships. MacDonald’s writing is raw and visceral, creating a strong emotional connection between her characters and the reader."—US REVIEW OF BOOKS

"Bonds of Love and Blood is brilliantly written and nothing less than emotive."—HOLLYWOOD BOOK REVIEWS

"Poignant, honest,and compelling... Highly recommended."—PACIFIC BOOK REVIEW

"MacDonald dares to question which is the greater, more unsettling risk: the alluring intimacy of foreign terrains, or the intimate dangers of domesticity?"
—Tara Ison, author of Reeling Through Life and Child out of Alcatraz

"Her characters remind us of our universal and contradictory longing for solitude and for connection. Savor this book. Enjoy being in the hands of a generous and visionary writer."
—Eileen Favorite, author of The Heroines

"These elegantly crafted stories brim with emotional wisdom and eloquence. Bearing you around the world, they will imprint themselves, deeply, indelibly, upon your heart."
—Melissa Pritchard, author of Palmerino
Chandra Graham Garcia
Posted: May 16, 2017
Customer comment 5 star rating
This is a fantastic collection with each story set in a unique location (many are foreign) and situation ("The Ambassador of Foreign Affairs" is a favorite). MacDonald is a skilled and controlled writer; there is tear-jerking here but the stories do give you something to ponder.

I bought a dozen of these and have been giving them as hostess gifts, thank you gifts, and gifts to female friends. It's unique and is great to chat with people after they have read them. Great conversation starter!