Tales from the Eternal Cafe, " author Janet HamillOCOs debut short story collection, offers a thrilling, unwinding trail of tales that excite and mystify; drift then deliver a powerful punch that readers will devour. Like Karen Russell, George Saunders, Jos(r) Luis Borges and Isabel Allende, Janet HamillOCOs writing lures readers willingly into a labyrinth of surprise and suspense, with humor lurking just on the other side of pathos; a tear just moments away from bright, well-deserved laughter.
The seventeen crisp stories included in "Tales from the Eternal Cafe" offer a plethora of fascinating characters and scenarios: a brief memoir from BaudelaireOCOs publisher; a letter from a writer who knows he is going mad; an exasperated Italian film director unable to inspire EuropeOCOs most famous actor during the shooting of a brothel scene.
The book includes an introduction by the authorOCOs lifelong friend, singer-songwriter-poet-author Patti Smith, whose book Just Kids, received the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2010.