A Tree on the Rift
Bruce Colbert’s A Tree on the Rift, a collection of thirteen short stories, is like a series of snapshots of place and time. Each story has a different location, a different city, and different characters. Several times the protagonist is a Vietnam vet, usually, but not always living at a later time. The protagonists, although with an underlying resemblance, are not duplicative, each is his own character. Some of the stories take place in Vietnam. Cairo, Bangkok, Chicago, Sao Paolo, Budapest, Nairobi; the locations span the world. Colbert’s evocation of place is reminiscent of Lawrence Durrell. The collection’s beginning story, City of the Dead, which takes place in Cairo, stirs memories of The Alexandria Quartet. The story is romantic, suspenseful, and frightening. — Casey Dorman, author of “I, Carlos,” and Editor of Lost Coast Review
“Bruce Colbert transports us clear around the globe, from Cairo to Budapest to Nairobi, and excites our international palettes with well-crafted recipes for intrigue and suspense. In his 13-story collection, “A Tree on the Rift,” Colbert’s intercontinental story-telling might appeal to decidedly male readers who have a yen for exotic women, gripping action and dangerous liaisons. Colbert seems to tap a bottomless reservoir of knowledge of his venues, as diverse as Chicago and Vietnam, coupled with exquisite insight into human behavior. This is a must-read!” — Bob Lundin, playwright
Mr. Colbert is available for interviews, readings and book signings. Please contact Lummox Press for more information.
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