Twelve stories of wayward travelers. Twelve stamps on the passport of the soul.
Walter struggles to see past his disfigurement, but a trip to Thailand and a mysterious woman may challenge his quest for perfection. Married to a workaholic, Leslie is accustomed to solitude until her overbearing Indian mother-in-law turns her kitchen into a verbal battlefield. A woman looks for the perfect souvenir in the Turkish Bazaar and instead finds a passionate love affair. From ice storms in Maine to swimming pools in Vera Cruz, errant souls must grapple with past baggage to forge profound connections and a new sense of direction.
Bonds of Love & Blood is a poignant collection of prize-winning stories featuring life's unexpected arrivals and departures. If you like intimate accounts of lives at the crossroads, vibrant portrayals of global locales, and elegantly-crafted prose, then you'll love Marylee MacDonald's compelling tales of travel.
Buy Bonds of Love & Blood to embark on a heart-wrenching journey of love, loss, and redemption today!
Marylee MacDonald is a former carpenter with a Master's in Creative Writing from San Francisco State and a Certificate in Novel Writing from Stanford University. Her novel, Montpelier Tomorrow, won the Gold Medal for Drama from the Readers' Favorites International Award competition. The short stories in Bonds of Love & Blood have won the the Barry Hannah Prize, the ALR Fiction Prize, Matt Clark Prize, the Ron Rash Award, the Jeanne M. Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. Her stories have appeared in American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Blue Moon Literary & Art Review, Broad River Review, Folio, New Delta Review, North Atlantic Review, Raven Chronicles, River Oak Review, Ruminate, StoryQuarterly, Superstition Review, The Briarcliff Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Yalobusha Review, and others. She lives in Tempe, AZ.