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"[Annabelle] is fragile in the way that Kafka’s protagonists are fragile... unlike Kafka’s stories, Nancy Christie’s tales are always beautiful." - Morrow Wilson
"This spellbinding short story will mesmerize the reader with powerful character development and a tale sadly familiar to many women. It’s hard to imagine anyone who will not read this excellent book through on the first attempt."
~ Charles S. Weinblatt, NY Journal of Books
We all have our fantasies—our hopes and dreams of what we want our future to be. But what happens when our fantasies are based on an erroneous interpretation of past events, when our hopes and dreams are so far from reality that they prevent us from having any kind of a normal life? A lonely young woman, all Annabelle wants is to love and be loved. But the twin emotions of fear and guilt, from a passion born on a summer day so many years ago, hold her fast.
In the short story Annabelle, author Nancy Christie paints a lyrical portrait of a young woman, the daughter of a painter and his devoted model. Their obsession with the creation of art binds the family and twists the soul of a child.
"This tiny pearl of a story (read in one sitting) grabbed my attention from the first page....
A very quick but potent read." ~ Robin Baum
"...lush, descriptive and powerful" ~ Julie WhiteleyThe cover painting is by Mark Webber.
About Nancy Christie
Nancy Christie is the author of a short story collection, TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES (a runner-up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Competition) and two short fiction e-books, ANNABELLE and ALICE IN WONDERLAND — (all published by Pixel Hall Press) — and the inspirational book, THE GIFTS OF CHANGE (Atria/Beyond Words).
Her fiction has been accepted by magazines such as Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, Streetlight Magazine, Down in the Dirt, Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, St. Anthony Messenger, Talking River, Wild Violet, EWR: Short Stories, Hypertext, Wanderings, The Chaffin Journal, Fiction 365, Full of Crow, Red Fez and Xtreme. One of her stories was shortlisted for Pulp Literature’s 2016 The Raven Short Story Contest.
Christie is also the founder of “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day, an annual celebration of short stories and those who write them, and hosts of the monthly Monday Night Writers group in Canfield, Ohio. Connect with her through her website at www.NancyChristie.com, via Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest or Twitter: @NChristie_OH, or at her writing blogs: Focus on Fiction, The Writer’s Place and One on One.