Mothers, Sons, Beloveds, and Other Strangers
a collection of short stories
by Janie Dempsey Watts
Fifteen short stories explore family relationships. Set in the South, California, and Europe, these stories feature quirky characters facing inner and outer journeys that never turn out as expected. Some of the stories are humorous, some are romantic, and some are edgy.
–Why did Sadie’s mother run away?
–Must a teenager learn the truth about her daddy’s affair the hard way?
–On a train ride in Belgium, can a mother and son trust a postcard salesman?
–Will empty nest syndrome ruin a couple’s trip to Sicily?
–What kind of trouble can a restless wife find at an Italian laundromat?
–In a California butterfly grove, what will a mother think of her son’s date?
In these tales, some discover they cannot count on those who are closest, while others may find a stranger offers the gift of hope.