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This anthology of fifteen stories centers around a young man coming-of-age and coming to terms with the religious and cultural vagaries of life in a small, southern town.
This book takes a slice-of-life look at Roland McCray from ages eight to eighteen. A child during the turbulent 1960’s, Roland comes of age in the 1970’s in a town immersed in Civil War history. His neighborhood sits between a historic cemetery where thousands of Confederate soldiers are buried and a Civil War national battlefield park. Roland watches bloody scenes of the Vietnam War on television and military planes often fly over his neighborhood, carrying troops to their own battlefield. All he knows of war is that it’s bad, an evil thing, yet the church he attends is named for a Civil War battle. Sunday dinner is with his grandparents, and, influenced by his grandfather, he learns that faith isn’t a thing to be displayed to the world, but a way to live one’s life. He questions what he’s told in church by the fancy-dressed preacher and the congregants who profess faith on Sunday but don’t live it outside of church. It conflicts with what he learned from his grandfather and leaves him confused. He wants the faith of his grandfather, not the hypocrisy he sees around him, but the pressure to conform is intense. Roland seeks his own Path, his grandfather’s faith, but soon fears he’ll have to lose his religion to find God.
An eclectic gathering of moving stories, and poetry, that explore the length and breadth of life: the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, but with feeling of the goodness of life is woven throughout the book.
“This mixed genre collection is an ingenious way to showcase the author’s broad talents.”
“The writing style is excellent with such depth and intensity that the stories, although short, feel as though they are full length”
“I’m actually reading this as slowly as I can because I don’t want it to end! I feel as though each tale should be savoured and thought about.”
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This eclectic collection of short stories and poems examines the universal truths in every person’s life: living and dying, love and loss, grief, understanding and acceptance, hope, spiritual rebirth and happiness through beautifully-written, deeply moving prose and dramatically realistic imagery. Three of the stories in this book were previously published in ‘The Adventures of Roland McCray’ series, but the other works are published here for the first time. The poems were compiled from handwritten notes in journals I’ve been keeping for several years. Some of the stories are heartbreakingly-sad, while others have a definite upbeat ending. One is a classic horror story, yet it suits the direction of the book, and the poetry ranges from strikingly unusual to the more traditional. This book touches on universal truths in a powerful way. I think there’s something here for every taste and believe that all who read these words will find meaning in them!
This book consistently ranks in the top 100 Best Seller (in the top 50, actually) in these categories:
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An audiobook edition is scheduled for release in April, 2015.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Variety
This mixed genre collection is an ingenious way to showcase the author’s broad talents. Within this book are stories, and poems. Some of these are happy, others sad, while still others make you feel wistful. It’s unusual for a writer to be able to embrace such a wide spectrum of styles and do them well. Author Blaine Coleman has accomplished this. I wouldn’t suggest reading this in one sitting. This is something to savor, one story or poem at a time. Take a moment after reading each one and think about the meaning and the visual created by the writer.
5.0 out of 5 stars Falling Water: Stories & Poetry
By Thomas Baker TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Author of “I Live In Chile”
Format: Kindle Edition
Falling Water: Stories & Poetry, by Blaine Coleman, is a unique combination of stories and poetry. I like the mix, because it explores whether the two genres can exist side by side. In the case of this book, the mix is just right. Let me quote the author here: “The poems were compiled from handwritten notes in journals I’ve been keeping for several years. Some of the stories are heartbreakingly-sad, while others have a definite upbeat ending. ” (end of quote) Coleman offers the reader a wide variety of genres in this book. It ranges from classic horror to the unusual poetry to the traditional. I do agree that there is something here for everyone. Elias Canetti is quoted by the author. Canetti said: “All literature wavers between nature and paradise and loves to mistake one for the other.” Now, that’s a profound thought to ponder on. Whatever and wherever your reflection leads you to, there is little doubt that this book is situated (in my opinion) halfway between nature and paradise.
My favorite story in the book is “Waterfall”. It is about loss and hope, about strength, courage and resilience, about carrying on and about letting go. It has a cultural reference to the theme song from the movie “Deliverance”. It’s an amazing “banjo vs guitar duel” that is so good that an old man gets up and starts dancing. Yet be warned, “Deliverance” is not a movie for the fainthearted. Nor is this story. It teaches about tolerance and makes a clear case, implicitly, for knowledge. It doesn’t matter whether it’s AIDS or Ebola or any other malady that afflicts humans. We must always seek enlightenment and tolerance by informing ourselves. What brings all this together, symbolically, is a waterfall. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
By B Nelson
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Following random roads. Contemplating a sky full of stars, This is a charming read. The tales are reminiscent of another time. It takes me back to my childhood in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Falling Water: Stories & Poetry by Blaine Coleman is something to be savored. They are like sitting down with an old friend and hearing stories for the first time (or even again). Good memories, the butterflies of summer, a good dog, Grandma’s homemade biscuits. There is sadness, too in these yarns, but mostly I found hope in the redeeming goodness of life. Wander into this book and you’re sure to find something you forgot, something you care about. Nice find. Five stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading Blaine Coleman’s stories and poetry is like falling back into a childhood filled with both the …
By H. L. Lustig-curran
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Reading Blaine Coleman’s stories and poetry is like falling back into a childhood filled with both the nostalgia of loving life and the tender grief as one pierces the veil into adulthood. As I go through the pages, I walk with his characters through their tribulations and their victories. Coleman’s ability to evoke emotions and responses from his readers is a tribute to his love of the craft in addition to his picturesque settings and believable characters.
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STARS
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Coleman’s imagery is to die for. I have read his other works and fell in love with his way with words! He doesn’t tell me about a waterfall. He grabs my hand and transports me to the scene he created. All of the stories have distinct voices that are quite relatable. These stories and poems are smooth and interesting reads!
Anything you find of Coleman’s will be EXCELLENT!
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STARS Something for Everyone
What a great collection Coleman has here. I loved the unique combination of genres; from horror fiction to poetry, it all worked well together and kept me interested. Coleman’s style is definitely very close and personal, and I appreciated his skill with narration and use of language. There is definitely something in here for everyone, and I highly recommend it for fans of any genre–it doesn’t disappoint. Five stars from me!
Five Stars! Well-crafted and Engaging
ByDelinda L. McCann “Delinda”
I found this collection of short stories and poetry thoroughly delightful. Coleman’s descriptions of the countryside are vivid and enticing. His topics range from death to rebirth with a bit of horror thrown in for spice. He covers a little bit of everything in the tradition of a good storyteller.
Several of his stories involve Roland McCray, who we see as a boy, and later as a man. His characters are fathers, sons, childhood friends, grandparents and lovers. He includes a dog, butterflies, an alien, and a wisteria among his other characters. All of his stories are thought provoking, challenging the reader to see life in all its richness.
I highly recommend this well crafted and thought provoking collection for that last read before bedtime or while waiting for the bus. These short stories are perfect for a short read to give the reader time to meditate before the reading the next gem.