Stories to Entertain You…If You Get Bored on Your Wedding Night
“Your true lover of literature is never fastidious.”
Robert Southey – The Doctor
Waiting for somebody or for transportation? Have a little time to spare? Then read this book of twenty-nine short stories and find out about:
• The large coed in love with her nerdy professor.
• The Englishman at the Dallas airport cocktail lounge.
• The professor who causes his manic-depressive student to commit suicide.
• The man who advertises in the personal columns and meets his ex-wife.
• The woman who is seduced by her much younger employee.
• What happens when you buy the most wanted vehicle in America.
• The murder of the mobile home salesman.
• Why not to tease a lady with a mustache.
• The man who buys a prostitute to save her from a beating by her pimp.
• The man who suffers from autophobia.
• The paranoid schizophrenic trying to leave his girlfriend.
• The consequences of snitching.
• Discovering the details of one’s parents’ divorce.
• The woman who tries to find a bride for her son.
• The prostitute who finds it doesn’t pay to screw the customers.
• The man whose mother is always trying to get him married.
• The investigation of a twenty-year old murder.
• The frustrated author who turns the tables on a publisher.
• The rural butcher who accidentally kills his wife.
The widely varying characters in these twenty-nine stories will make you laugh or cry or feel empathy with their situations.
J.P. Jonsson (San Diego, CA USA) –
Stories To Entertain You-If You Get Bored On Your Wedding Night is a batch of observations, from the humorous to the maudlin. A trip to the author’s warped subconscious is time well spent. Consider “A Little Noise Won’t Hurt You,” in which a lovelorn lab assistant finally nabs the professor of her dreams with a little help from an ATM robber, a gun-control faction, and the college dean. In “A Bride for Bernard,” a meddling mother and a traffic accident lead to a potential wedding for one terminally single young man. Muir is at his best when he lets his characters speak for themselves.
Elaine Collins (Vista, CA) –
STORIES TO ENTERTAIN YOU… is an exceptionally good read. The evening I decided to start the book. I read for more than 2 hours straight. The next day, Sunday, I finished the book. Each story is a jewel. There is, literally, everything in this book. Love, hate, crime, comedy, drama, satire – it’s all there. I was amazed. The author is my insurance client. I had no idea this venture of Pat would be so good. The writing is excellent; and the stories show an incredibly good understanding of humans and their foibles. Give this book a try – give it to your friends. You won’t be sorry.
Fred Camfield (Vicksburg, MS USA) –
The stories do not have a central theme. That said, you will probably like some better than others. The first one, “A Little Noise Won’t Hurt You” is about a heavy coed who has a crush on a nerdy faculty member, and devises ways to further his career (and his interest in herself The last story, “Father McArdle on Sunday,” is black humor, and is quite funny if you are not put off by the gruesome details. It concerns a butcher who gets creative in disposing of someone. It could leave you wondering what really happened to Jimmy Hoffa. In between, the stories range over a wide variety of subjects.
Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA) –
Stories To Entertain You…If You Get Bored On Your Wedding Night is a unique collection of twenty-nine short stories written by Pat Muir over the span of seven years. These wonderful and entertaining tales are diverse in character and genre, and reflect Pat’s considerable talents in writing stories of love, humor, contemporary situations — she even offers the reader two thoroughly engaging two mysteries. Stories To Entertain You… certainly lives up to its title, whether or not you’re looking for a way to kill some time on your wedding night — or any other evening of your life!