Brief Encounters with Solitary Souls

By Evy Journey

Short stories, Literary fiction | eBook


~Eugene O'Neill: "Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors." Five short tales from Paris to Honolulu. Brief provocative encounters that peek into five solitary souls. In early 70s Paris, a naive, eager young man on his first solo trip has a memorable, but disillusioning encounter with a French couple at a café. A boy uprooted to Paris by his parents' divorce learns some life lessons from a gypsy he watches through an apartment window. An urbane but blasé young man’s routine is upset when he finds a young woman's journal at a Berkeley coffeehouse. In the Napa Valley, a middle-aged wife and mother survives two life changing events in as many days. In Waipahu, a suburb of Honolulu, a young woman on her yearly summer visit to the Grandma who brought her up finds the language of love in fragrant green mangoes.



I am a flâneuse (a female observer-wanderer). I write about, and illustrate (oils, pastels, digital) what I see that intrigues me. In a past life, with a now-dormant Ph.D., (University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana), and the primacy of my left brain, I researched, evaluated and developed mental health programs. But writing was my first love and I wanted to be a journalist. Sadly, we sometimes don't get the first things we wish for. Happily, though, our second choices can turn out quite well.


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I am a flâneuse (a female observer-wanderer). I write about, and illustrate (oils, pastels, digital) what I see that intrigues me. In a past life, with a now-dormant Ph.D., (University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana), and the primacy of my left brain, I researched, evaluated and developed mental health programs. But writing was my first love and I wanted to be a journalist. Sadly, we sometimes do...


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