New Story Book Challenges Readers’ Imagination, Religion and Ethics

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Author Dominick Ricca claims his place among the contemporary master storytellers

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From Dominick Ricca, the prolific author of several fiction and nonfiction books, Chimpanzee Man and other Stories is yet another compelling collection of peculiar stories that will challenge readers’ imagination, as well as their theological, philosophical, social and ethical views. While Ricca has published several short stories of varying genres, this newly published book is home to a brand new collection that further cements for the author his place among the most creative contemporary storytellers.

In his new book, Ricca takes readers on another exhilarating psychological, emotional and spiritual rollercoaster as he serves 26 different stories of the most controversial of themes. Each story is strikingly similar yet different to others; similar, because they carry the same powerfully descriptive narrative interspersed with very humane dialogues that is evidently Ricca’s; different, because each is a story of its own, all too unique and creative that one may never cease to wonder where Ricca draws his inspiration and ingenuity from.

Its title story already gives a foretaste of Ricca’s craft. He spins his tale off the pages of the journal of Ted Birney, an accomplished author and screenwriter who embarks on an on-location shooting of a brand new film. Tragedy strikes. Birney is put in spot where relationship with primates seems to be the only logical solution to his demise. Without dropping the momentum, Ricca follows it up with a completely different story picking up from the sexual scandals that recently plague the Catholic Church.

Amazingly, Ricca carries on weaving stories of modernistic or biblical themes until his very own account of the Baptism of Jesus, the commissioning of the Apostles, and the exorcism of the Canaanite woman’s daughter, all with their encompassing lessons, as if making a statement that indeed nothing escapes his grasps.

With a skill of a master storyteller only Ricca can weave, Chimpanzee Man and other Stories brings together utter polarities in a perfect blend called literary art. Mixing the spiritual and the mundane, the humanistic and the animalistic, the religious and the carnal, this is an incomparable book that will never cease to surprise readers at the turn of every page.

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Chimpanzee Man and other Stories * by Dominick Ricca
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Trade Paperback; $24.99; 466 pages; 978-1-4771-4358-2
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 466 pages; 978-1-4771-4359-9
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4771-4360-5

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