Whether she is tackling fiction or essays, Charlene Wexler writes from the heart. With a keen eye for detail and a way of looking at the world a bit sideways, Wexler’s writings in Milk and Oranges will entertain while they make you think.
In Milk and Oranges, Wexler’s fiction and essays are grouped in five categories.
How’s Your Love Life? features two fiction pieces that will cause female readers to nod their heads in agreement, and a warm essay on Wexler’s feelings for her husband, Sam.
The Cruel Club features both essays and fiction on the tragedy of the death of a child. Wexler has been a member of the Cruel Club since 1981.
In Family and Friends, you’ll meet some of the fun characters in Wexler’s life and in her fiction, and inevitably you’ll think about similar loved ones in your own world. The story "Milk and Oranges," from which the title of this book is derived, appears in this section.
What would life be without our animal pals? Wexler shares some stories about four-footed friends and loved ones in Animal Magnetism.
The Passing Parade features Wexler’s fiction and prose observations on the changes in our fast-paced world.
After reading Milk and Oranges, you’ll feel that Wexler’s style makes you feel as if you are reading about or talking to dear friends.
Milk and Oranges is a collection of stories that will pluck at your heartstrings and tickle your funnybone. The book already has won two awards. It received a rare international Grand Award from Communications Concepts, a writing think tank outside Washington, DC. Fewer than ten percent of awards conferred by Communications Concepts are Grand Awards. Milk and Oranges also won an award in the eLit Book Awards competition sponsored by the publishing services firm Jenkins Group Inc. of Traverse City, MI.
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"E-books are now more popular than printed books, and I wanted Milk and Oranges to be contemporary with the times," Wexler said. "Milk and Oranges never will go ‘out of print,’ people are able to take it anywhere on their e-reader, and e-book websites can translate it into different languages. Plus, an e-book is less expensive for the purchaser and is better for the environment."
Milk and Oranges can be found wherever e-books are sold.
About the author
Native Chicagoan Charlene Wexler is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She has worked as a teacher and dental office bookkeeper and as "a wife, mom, and grandmother,"
Her work has appeared in several publications, including North Shore Magazine, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry’s Vision magazine, Alpha Omegan magazine, and the Gazette newspaper of Chicago.
She also has had essays and fiction published on the websites AuthorsDen.com (authorsden.com/
"I have always used writing as therapy," Wexler said. "Now I have the time and opportunity to pursue it as a career."
Wexler’s first novel, Murder on Skid Row, was published in 2010 and was dedicated "to the three dentists in my life," she said—her husband, Sam; son Mike; and Sam’s business partner, Lew. Murder on Skid Row won an international Apex Award of Excellence from Communications Concepts, a writing think tank outside Washington, DC.
Her short story Abracadabra Magic, which appears in Milk and Oranges, received a "Very Highly Commended" rating in the AuthorsDen.com Tom Howard Prose Contest, 2009.
Wexler is active with the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, the Authors Marketing Group, the Chicago Writers Association, Children’s Memorial Hospital philanthropy, Lungevity (an organization that fights lung cancer), the McHenry Bicycle Club, the Museum of Science and Industry, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Richmond IL Book Club, the Jewish United Fund, and the University of Illinois Alumni Association.
Her advice for other aspiring writers—even grandmothers like herself—is to "follow your dream. You can do it, and it’s never too late."
For more information, go to http://www.charlenewexler.com. For a video on Milk and Oranges, see http://www.youtube.com/
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