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THE SENSE OF TOUCH: Stories by Ron Parsons


THE SENSE OF TOUCH is a collection of eight short stories and if you like the short story genre this is one you will truly enjoy.  These days I often find the short story to be a real workout, often filled with extreme problems only slightly resolved.  As a reader, I am often left with an unpleasant taste in my mouth and heaviness in my heart; hoping that at least one character between the covers will be able to find a resolution of sorts that does not leave me puzzling.

THE SENSE OF TOUCH throws a number of problems at people and some are fairly horrendous and yet there is a touch of whimsy, humor and inventive plot twists that can really touch the reader and lighten the burdens or the sadness within the story.  I found myself compelled to read the next story, though I disciplined the read to one per day.  The characters were interesting and certainly demonstrated how we all wish to be in touch and how often we are not.

Although I received a print copy of this book, I found it interesting that I could check out a free copy on my Kindle, which I think I will the next time I am on a trip and need to find a short story collection to take a long for the ride.

The gifted Bangladeshi student story was almost theater of the absurd and yet I could understand the disconnect which could be experienced by an immigrant to the Midwestern regions of the USA.  Midnight Bowling certainly peeled to the obvious the need for connection and finding one’s direction.  The stories connect the icy, snowy cold and the pleasures of spring emergence like a fresh new sunrise and the fatigue at day’s end.   There is a touch of love as sometimes words connect and reveal.  There is the slow, deliberate pacing of the stories and the reader has to wait for IT; yes wait for IT!

Michael Martone on the cover says:

“These tales are the winsome hissing of busy signals lisping in the icy nicely nice neighborhoods of the missing Midwest at the intersection of polite delight and absolute zero at the bone? “

I am insisting my partner read this book, I think he will enjoy reading THE SENSE OF TOUCH and you will too!

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tlc logo I received a copy of this book from TLC online books tours and the author Ron Parsons.  This book was a lovely read and I thank them for the opportunity.  THE SENSE OF TOUCH.

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14 Responses to “THE SENSE OF TOUCH: Stories by Ron Parsons”

  1. Deborah Barker Says:

    You have piqued my interest Patricia! I so look forward to reading your reviews these days. I am sadly behind with my reading but maybe short stories are the answer. I love the way you made yourself read just one a day – what a perfect reward it would make after a day of writing, housework, child minding etc. I am tempted and that means I will be adding this to the list of the books I must read. Thank you :-)

  2. patricia Says:

    DEBORAH
    I so very much enjoyed these stories because they were not so heavy or distorted. The quirky humor gave me fun thoughts and found me not wishing to send the characters to therapy. I think you will enjoy it

    Always delightful to find your comments here
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  3. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia – I’m with Deborah Barker. I really look forward to reading your reviews. I’ve always been a fan of short stories so THE SENSE OF TOUCH: Stories by Ron Parsons has been added to my reading list. Thank you!
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    patricia Reply:

    Laurie,
    Thank you. I just liked reading this book, I really can say no more.

  4. Sam Juliano Says:

    Excellent discussion of your latest book triumph Patricia, and nice to see it brings in the short story, always a relative rarity amongst novels as a literary genre, one that sometimes yields something very special. Certainly, “whimsy, humor and plot twists” are hugely inviting. As always, terrific work here.

    patricia Reply:

    Sam Juliano,
    Thank you for your nice words. I have always like the short story and I think many authors have a volume or two of practice in this style.

    I first discovered Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Love, Pray) with her earlier “cowboy” stories in a men’s magazine I discovered at a friends home. What a writer even then….

    A short story can be like a chocolate after dinner or rattle the mind all night long if consumed right before bed – always just enough

  5. Sara Healy Says:

    I loved your words, “There is a touch of love as sometimes words connect and reveal. There is the slow, deliberate pacing of the stories and the reader has to wait for IT; yes wait for IT!

    These words make me really want to read this book:~)
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    patricia Reply:

    Sara,
    I really enjoyed the stories and they reminded me of your wonderful storied – truly.

    I think I would like to take a writing course from Mr. Parsons..

  6. Ron Parsons Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I just wanted to say thank you for your very kind words about my book. And I also really loved your “32 Years of Writing” composition. It resoundingly confirms the appropriateness of your site’s name, Patricia’s Wisdom. Take care.

    – Ron Parsons

    patricia Reply:

    Ron Parsons,
    It was pure pleasure to read your book – thank you for sharing those stories.

    thank you also for your kind words on my writing, I am working on letting go of the fear of writing my own “book” – I am approaching the diving board stage and getting information about the depth of the water right now.

    Your book of stories was a treat – second dessert as my Father would say!

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  8. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I don’t always enjoy short storied because they often leave me wanting more, but it sounds like this is a very satisfying collection. I’m definitely going to check it out.

    patricia Reply:

    Heather J
    These stories did leave me wanting more but not befuddled or wondering. My mind could wrap around a number of outcomes and futures. They seemed to have possible resolutions.

    The pacing made a huge difference and certainly fit the Midwest I know

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