by Melvin Sterne

The eight stories in this collection all deal with choices and consequences–what we risk when we choose a course of action. These stories were written over ten or so years of travel and reflection. They are set in India, China, Singapore, and the United States and explore the theme of redemption. The characters inhabiting these stories want a second chance. Some of these stories look outward: second chances at love, life, familial relationships. Others look inward: second chances at self-esteem or to atone for the past. There’s nothing special about these characters. They’re ordinary people like you and me. And yet, in unexpected ways and at unexpected times, the opportunity is thrust upon them. Redemption. The risk, of course, is what happens when you get that second chance? What happens if you fail again?

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About the Author

Melvin Sterne

Melvin Sterne worked union construction for twenty years before returning to college to study creative writing, ultimately earning a Ph.D. from Florida State University. He is the author of the novels The Shoeshine Boy and Zara, as well as a short story collection, The Number You Have Reached. He currently leads the First-Year English Program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen Campus), but spends all the time he can in Singapore.