The Window Is a Mirror
The Window Is a Mirror
In gritty, penetrating prose, the short stories in THE WINDOW IS A MIRROR deftly mine both working-class and privileged sensibility to extract common elements. Characters of varying social strata are subjected to merciless scrutiny as they pursue prizes of dubious value, heedless of cost. Whether or not they get what they want is the least of their problems. In the end their disparate futilities mix them into a single tribe that looks like us.
The Butterfly by Paul Hedeen
Michael Andreoni
ISBN Numbers:   
Hardcover: 978-1-948540-38-4
Softcover:  978-1-947727-38-0
Ebook:        978-1-948540-39-1
LCCN: 2018930625

Page Count: 188
Release Date: 3/05/2019
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"As the title promises, Michael Andreoni’s THE WINDOW IS A MIRROR reflects a world of hard jobs, tough luck and tougher grit right back at the reader. Each of these beautiful, psychologically astute stories follows characters whose triumphs and tragedies lay bare the symbiotic relationship between disillusionment and idealism. From an enigmatic, Drambuie-slugging silver miner who rides a panther to a privileged advertising executive whose scheming ends up being (literally!) too sharp for his own good, Andreoni’s stories explore the ample spaces and graces between our worst impulses and our best intentions.
— Laura Hulthen Thomas
Lecturer and Program Head, Creative Writing and Literature
The Residential College at the University of Michigan
"Gritty, unflinching, powerful, daring, deft. These words come to mind when reading Andreoni’s startling and clever collection of stories. He gives us razor sharp insights into flawed and intriguing human beings who struggle to survive, deal with the truth (or not), and wrestle with stuck-ness and futility. Each story becomes a window mirroring back to us the different shades of light and darkness, and some have a touch of magical realism. But the surprises keep coming. The characters feel trapped but still find ways to live another day. And we walk with them, and hope with them too. As one of them says, after a series of harrowing events— “born new into darkness, could you imagine light?
— Zilka Joseph
Author of Sharp Blue Search of FlameWhat Dread,
and Lands I Live In
"With humor, grace, and lightning-quick prose, Andreoni tells the stories of loan-sharks, angel-headed bakers, and panther-riding gunslingers. A dark and beautiful collection of 21st century ballads.
— Alexander Weinstein
Award-winning author of Children of the New World