Honest, biting, and bittersweet, A .38 Special and a Broken Heart is a rich collection of stories told by critically acclaimed author Jonis Agee. Packed with emotional detail and compelling narrative force, these stories are about people who love, lose, and try again.
Persistence and strength, betrayal and forgiveness, weakness and acceptance, mercy and mystery, life and death—all find themselves played out in this collection, a part of the Coffee-To-Go Short-Short Story Series.
1995 Minnesota Book Award for Fiction Finalist
1995 Paterson Fiction Prize Finalist
“This latest volume in the publisher’s ‘Coffee to Go’ series reveals almost thirty selections of short stories which have minimal plots and strong impacts. Agee’s special style provides a strong and unique set of circumstances spiced with memorable observations of human nature.” —Midwest Book Review
“This new volume in the Coffee-to-Go Short-Short Story series explores the tangled intersections of love and death. Most of the 29 selections are ‘momentary stories’ that ‘fling themselves at you and you don’t have any choice but catch them.’ . . . Most of her tales are from the perspective of the wronged woman, but in ‘Listen’ she anticipates and rebuts the objections of a pompous male critic. ‘I told him that you have to be careful when you break horses that you don’t break their spirit too.’ This spirit resounds in the splendid economy of Agee’s deft characterization and sharp, visceral imagery.” —Publishers Weekly
“A .38 Special and a Broken Heart is short-short story writing at its best. It deserves to be read, read again and passed to every story-loving friend on down the road.” —Albuquerque Journal
“Agee’s fans—and readers who appreciate the immediacy of good short-shorts—will find much to relish here.” —Booklist