The Window Is a Mirror
Michael Andreoni examines the working-class life in this collection of sixteen short stories. Written with grit and touches of humor, these thought-provoking stories offer an insight into the flawed and intriguing humanness within us all.

Stories included in the collection: 
"Stump," "The Window Is a Mirror," "Edwin Floating," "Drambuie Tam," "Julian’s Crunchy Apotheosis," "Pastoral," "Possum Haw," "Moving Day," "Brown Black No Ink," "The Devil-Ape of Goma," "Consolidated Freight," "Fifteen Tops," "Soft Power," "The Symmetry of Children," "Tea Party," and "The Approach to the Bridge"

Highlighted stories in the collection include:

The Window Is a Mirror: A maintenance man is offered his own TV reality show and discovers it’s not what he imagined.
Edwin Floating: Edwin and his sister confront the dark history that led to their divorces.
Drambuie Tam: When a diminutive female miner comes down the mountain looking for more than a drink, the town of Argent Springs will never be the same.
Julian’s Crunchy Apotheosis: An ambitious advertising executive is transformed into a dark god who can sell anything to anyone.
Moving Day: A small-town criminal is obsessed with getting out of a too-small town.
Fifteen Tops: A genius software developer is convinced the country would run better if everyone listened to him.
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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
author of States of Motion
"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
"…a deep, moving, almost painfully love and laugh book. This book is one you want to keep and read again and demand everyone you know to read it and just feel, laugh and spread and keep it going.
— Edna Gadoury, Opened Books Blog and NetGalley Reviewer
"…an amazing collection of short stories…and what an extraordinary writer we have with Michael Andreoni…a name to look out for…
— Philipa Coughlan, NetGalley Reviewer
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The Pushcart Prize, 2020
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