J.S. Kierland's "15 Stories" is a book not to be missed. Kierland's impressive background in theater (winning the NYC playwright award, studying at Yale and founding the LA Playwright's Group) contributes to his creation of vivid and memorable characters. The book is structured around lyrics from the American folk song: "Sometimes I live in the country/Sometimes I live in the town," so that settings for his stories range from Tuba City on the Navajo reservation to tenements in New York City and apartments in Hollywood.— Susan Lang
15 of the best short stories from author and playwright J.S. Kierland.
"J.S. Kierland is that rare writer, one who can deal with both urban and rural themes in masterful fashion. This gift allows him to write about a wide range of disparate characters and settings with astonishing precision and power. His taut prose style, innate sense of drama and ability to look at life in an unflinching but always compassionate way are everywhere in evidence in this remarkable collection of stories." --Willard Manus editor/publisher of lively-arts.com; author of "Mott The Hoople."
"In 15, Kierland focuses on the human elements of worlds that have more rust than gold. His stories stand strong because they are so real." --Jeff Provine, author.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A graduate of the Yale school of Drama, J.S. Kierland was founder and director of the Los Angeles Playwright's Group and was Playwright-in-residence at New York Lincoln's Center, Brandeis University and the Los Angeles Actor's Theater. Kierland's original plays have been produced throughout the U.S. and Europe, and his film work includes writing the screenplay for the feature film, "O'Hara's wife, " starring a young Jodie Foster. He has published a novel, edited two books of one-act plays, written two films, and has had over forty publications of his short stories in literary reviews and magazines around the country. This is his first collection of short stories.