Silk and Steel

Stories of Strong Women,  by Jan Sparkman

Silk and Steel,  stories by Jan Sparkman

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Written with wit and wisdom, this collection of ten short stories celebrates the strength and grace of women as they live, love, and accomplish, often against overwhelming odds. Set in small-town USA, these are stories filled with wry humor, courage, compassion, perseverance, and often with a quirky tenderness or innocence reminiscent of a cross between Arsenic and Old Lace and Thelma and Louise.

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"Jan Sparkman's characters are vivid, often hilarious, and always in possession of beating hearts. These are endearing and realistic stories populated by people we know and love, despite their flaws and neuroses---maybe even because of those very things."     
       --- Silas House

"What a diverse scope of delightful women!  The characters in Jan Sparkman's stories whirl to their own inner music, enchanting harmonies that spill over into our kitchens, our bedrooms, our souls. These women of "stout blood," inventive mind, and mannered grace, rise to the challenge of everywoman.  Sparkman writes with universal empathy where even the "little lady" takes up the lance. A rich book for any reader."  
      --- Allison Thorpe 

"In straight-forward prose, Jan Sparkman peels back layer from layer until we believe we not only know these people but that for a moment we understand them. Not since Bobbie Ann Mason has an author so explored the experiences of this demographic in ways that made me laugh and cry with recognition. I'll be sharing this book." 
      --- Linda Scott DeRosier