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The Breaking Point and Other Stories Ed  Newman

The Breaking Point and Other Stories

Ed Newman

36 pages
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 About the Book 

In psychology, the breaking point is a critical moment of personal stress. What are the events that bring people to this point? How do circumstances conspire to shatter the foundations we build our lives upon?

We live in a culture that dislikes exploring the root causes of a nervous breakdown or suicide. We talk in hushed tones about these aberrations of behavior. If we talk about them at all it’s usually something careful. Thats too bad what happened to Bill. I never saw it coming.

 Most of the drama in peoples lives is on the inside. We see blank expressions or listlessness, but theres a cauldron beneath the surface and occasionally it bubbles over into actions others are forced to take notice of. I never knew... He always seemed like such a nice guy.

 The Breaking Point, 1991 winner of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Fiction Competition, features the emotions, expectations, illusions and delusions of mundane characters. In the midst of their ordinary lives there is a decisive, extraordinary event.

For One Night of Love was birthed after the author read a story by French author Emile Zola. Though the story focuses on the development of a character named Jeremy, it actually terminates at anothers breaking point.

 Episode on South Street is the story of an obsessive-compulsive artist and good Samaritan with an unusual disposition, driven by his own inner demons and good intentions. This story was translated into a short film that received accolades at the Erie Horror/Suspense Film Festival in 2004.

A Brief Transaction is essentially a scene, a moment in time. Like some of the others in this collection it is characterized by the ordinariness that permeates lifes terrain. The internal scenery is altogether different.