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The Light, The Dark, and Ember Between: 11/07/10
The Light, The Dark, and Ember Between by J.W. Nicklaus is a slim volume of 15 short stories. Although the book sports a dark and brooding cover the don't expect horror or suspense. These are dramatic character studies, not genre fiction.
The settings are vastly different as are the characters. Old, young, in between, rich, poor, all walks of life. The stories themselves take a moment in time, a turning point and explore those faint glimmers of hope that might be present even at the darkest moments.
I read the book over the course of a couple trips to my favorite coffee house for breakfast. Although the stories are short, each one is an emotional roller coaster. Give yourself a few moments after finishing one before starting the next.