Meet Barbara Mathias-Riegel, author of Curtain Calls: A Collection of Short Stories.
Curtain Calls: A Collection of Short Stories
The twelve stories in Curtain Calls are about love, loss, aloneness and self-discovery told from the view of the very young to the elderly. No matter how heart-tugging the stories may be, there is always the redeeming element of humor. A widow meets her lover during a bank robbery; a nine-year-old confesses to the parish priest her fear she is going to murder someone; a man in his 80′s learns that his buddy in assisted living is planning his wife’s mercy killing; after hitting a deer, a woman’s car catapults into a dark parkway where no one can hear her cries for help; a bored, stay-at-home young mother plots to attract her neighbor, a soldier recently back from the battlefield; a middle-aged bride’s obsessions come vicariously close to spoiling her honeymoon in Portugal. In the last story, “Curtain Calls” a once-glamourous Pop singer faces her nineties without her lover, a man who had lived life to the fullest.
"I'm the author of Curtain Calls, a Collection of Short Stories, exploring love, loss, aging, aloneness and self-discovery. For over 30 years, I wrote features on family, psychology and women’s issues which inspired her to write Between Sisters: Secret Rivals, Intimate Friends. Also, I co-authored 40 Ways to Raise a Nonracist Child.
My award-winning articles appeared in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, L.A. Times Syndicate, Journal Newspapers, Modern Maturity (AARP) and Family Therapy Networker.
I enjoy speaking to book clubs, not only about Curtain Calls, but about the craft of writing short stories and memoirs. Mother of five, stepmother to three and grandmother of five, I live in Washington, DC."