Short Story Collection – Safe Haven

Safe Haven
Author: Susan Dugan
Publisher: Karat Publishing
ISBN: 978-0983742005
Pages: 270
Published: November 2011

Safe Haven is a new collection of short stories. Each character shares a deep longing and active seeking for an elusive seeming love that will never fail them, and a sense of true meaning and purpose in an ultimately meaningless world. Their quest is our own.

Storylines include:
Awaiting news of her son gone missing during World War II, a mother recalls his childhood victory over polio.

A young woman weighs the promise of John Kennedy’s new frontier against the reality of her best friend’s breakdown.

A child searches for proof of celestial goodness while lobbying to secure a spot for her family in a neighbor’s bomb shelter.

An extramarital affair propels a suburban mother to awaken to true desire on the eve of the Apollo 11 space walk.

The end of an era and an unplanned pregnancy converge on the occasion of John Lennon’s murder.

In her wry and wrenching debut collection of linked short stories, Safe Haven, Susan Dugan inhabits the lives of three generations of American women seeking refuge from the harsh realities of their moments in time and finding it at last where they forgot to look; patiently waiting in their own backyards.

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