Monday, November 16, 2020

Review: Dear Sugar & Other Sorrows by Irma Fritz


Genre: Short Story Collection/Literary Fiction


“A collection of stories for anyone who has ever loved.

After causing heartbreak to start a new life, a lost lover comes home in ‘Dear Sugar.’ When her first love returns in ‘Euphoria,’ a young wife must choose between life and death. ‘Cigarette Break’ asks the ultimate sacrifice of a mother whose husband plots suicide. After losing everything in one night in the ‘The Hawk's Nest,’ a young woman finds her true home. 'Big J' Jim Jackson had his future all planned out but Betty was right there to intercept every one of his passes in ‘Interception.’ When she brings on her final play, he can only win by losing.”


Details about author Irma Fritz are skimpy. She has two novels available in addition to this short story collection and reportedly studied writing when she went to college in Los Angeles.


Each of the short stories in this collection have some kind of love at the heart of the story. But to call them love stories or to imply anything even close to that would leave you confused and probably feeling that you’d been misled. Instead what comes through is that different people love in different ways. That love is often hard and that a story about love can get pretty darn dark.

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A small amount of adult language.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 45-50,000 words


Irma Fritz said...

Hello, Big Al and Pals,
Thank you for reviewing my short story collection, "Dear Sugar & Other Sorrows." Just Reviews honored this book with the 2020 Outstanding Short Stories award.
Also, please allow me to fill in more of my biographical information.
I was born in Ukraine of German parents, grew up in Germany and Southern California. I was passionate about reading and wanting to be a writer from early on. I read everything I could get my hands on, no matter if it was the classics or dime-store novels. In college I learned to tell good from bad. I earned a B.A. from California State University at Los Angeles, where I studied literature, poetry, novel & short story writing. I worked as a press agent at a few Hollywood PR companies until I experienced major burn out. Hollywood stars are sooo narcissistic! I traveled & worked at too many jobs to count. In Seattle I found not only my husband, but a home in banking administration & human resources. I kept writing. I kept learning, attending workshops and writers' groups. Finally, I published my first novel, wrote another, and I’m still writing.
I appreciate review blogs like yours that provide reviews for indie authors.

Books and Pals said...

Thanks for dropping in and letting us know a bit more about yourself, Irma.

Irma Fritz said...

Glad to do it! Do you post your reviews on Amazon, maybe Goodreads and other sites? It would be quite helpful to indie authors/publishers. Thanks again!

Books and Pals said...

Yes. Sometime in the next week or so I'll post it to both Amazon (US) and Goodreads.

Irma Fritz said...
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Irma Fritz said...

👍 👍