Immersing In Provocative Parables

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New book is a collection of shorts that will intrigue, amuse, and provoke thought

From author D.B. Strand comes an anthology of short stories that will amuse, provoke thought and linger in their minds. Love, devotion, rage, fantasy, murder and sex all touch the pages of these Provocative Parables.

In the first tale, “The Transformation Of A Gentle Man”, one man’s search for peace and solitude turns into a demise in disguise. Claude Dremmer has lived his whole mediocre life in a cradle of safety and abundance. But one step outside his comfort zone transforms him into a truly different person. In “The Sage of Oklahoma”, Jacob Mulanski, the son of Polish immigrants, finds himself struggling to move forward with all he had left, during the backdrop of The Great Depression. In the third story, is a tongue-in-cheek vision of heaven and hell called “A Divine Hell”. In the final tale, "An Enlightening Turn Of Events", the question is asked, what is the true definition of wealth?

Thoroughly entertaining from the first page until the last, Provocative Parables is filled with interesting and likable characters. Its locales are diverse and the story lines though concise are well-defined. Through these intriguing short stories, readers will be taken on a fantastic journey from New England to the Great Depression years in Oklahoma, to a tongue-in-cheek view of heaven and hell to New York and Paris, and back again.

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About the Author
D. B. Strand is a veteran musician/songwriter/composer of more than thirty years. He has performed in venues from New York City to San Francisco, as well as appearing on several recordings. He has been the recipient of nine awards while acting as writer/producer on many educational videos and television and radio public service announcements. Now, semi-retired, he has focused his notable writing skills on the short story, which he studied in college. He resides in South St. Paul, Minnesota and is kept company by his closest friends, his piano, his guitar and his typewriter.

Provocative Parables * by D.B. Strand
The Short Stories of D. B. Strand
Publication Date: February 26, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 164 pages; 978-1-4568-2225-5
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 164 pages; 978-1-4568-2226-2

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