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BREAD AND SALT
Short Stories by Valerie Miner
Whitepoint Press

Bread and Salt reveals a master storyteller writing in her prime: searching, original, compassionate and witty. Miner’s deftly moves readers across the seas with lush prose and razor-sharp insight.  These stories celebrate the musical complexity of language while being accessible to a wide audience.

This collection contains stories from the best literary journals including Ploughshares, Five Points, The Michigan Quarterly Review and Southwest Review.  They range from mirco-fiction to novella navigating terror, grief, passion, and whimsy.

Compelling and vivid, Valerie Miner’s fifteenth book and fifth collection of short fiction uses the metaphor of “salvage” to consider the reclamation of the natural environment, human relationships, material objects. The stories are about

forgiveness, reunion, rescue, repair, return and restoration as Miner reveals how family and friendship are enriched by differences in nationality, race, class, and gender.

In Miner’s characteristic “social fiction,” we meet characters in the historical moment and in the larger world as well as the more immediate contexts of family, workplace, love affair, friendship.  These are stories in which people’s ideas as well as their feelings provoke the action. 

As characters live in/travel in Tunisia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Turkey, France and the United States, they consider individual agency in very local as well as global contexts. Miner addresses real world themes of immigration, suicide, gun violence, state terrorism.  Some stories are fanciful; others are tragic, yet each one shimmers with hope confirming once again that Valerie Miner is a writer necessary for the 21st century.

Publication Date: September, 2020, https://whitepointpress.com/our-books/bread-and-salt-by-valerie-miner/

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    Open Road Publishing has just issued three of Valerie Miner’s books in paperback and six in e-book formats, All Good Women, Range of Light, Murder in the English Department, Movement, Rumors from the Cauldron and The Night Singers. Find Valerie's books on her Author Page.

    Recent Interviews:

  • “A Conversation with Valerie Miner,” by R.A. Rycraft. Plus an excerpt from Traveling with Spirits. The Writer’s Chronicle, October/November, 2015.
  • Recent Publications:

  • “The Women at Coral Villas,” Ascent, November 6, 2019. Read online.
  • Review of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim in the Women’s Review of Books, November/December 2018.
  • Review of Clock Dance by Anne Tyler in the San Francisco Chronicle, 2 August 2018. Read online.
  • Review of The Occasional Virgin by Hanan al-Shaykh in the Women’s Review of Books, July/August 2018.
  • Review of Nancy K. Miller, My Brilliant Friends, Women’s Review of Books, June-July, 2018.
  • Review of The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck in The Women's Review of Books, March, April 2018.
  • Review of The Last Laugh by Lynn Freed in the San Francisco Chronicle, 30 July 2017. Read online.
  • Review of The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman in the Boston Globe, 9 July 2017. Read online.
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