Following the success of her first novel, Coyote Heart, this collection of contemporary literary fiction explores the lives of men and women who find themselves facing the challenges of unrequited love, loss, and the secrets that bind family members together. In Face Value: Collected Stories, Margulies explores the themes of compassion, regret, loneliness, loyalty to family, and the search for true love. Tender and haunting, with touches of humor and magical realism, the collection focuses on characters who – sometimes unwittingly – discover their true selves as they play the hands that fate has dealt them.
“I wrote these stories over the course of several years during the early 2000’s, when our country was undergoing tremendous tumult and change, especially after the events of 9/11,” said Margulies. “Many of the stories take place in San Diego and explore elements of Southern California lifestyle and culture, in addition to the general themes of accepting what life brings, searching for love in unexpected places, and coming to terms with past regrets.”
The collection has received praise from established members of the writing community, including short story author Bonnie ZoBell and novelist Drusilla Campbell, who writes, “In Face Value: Collected Stories, Margulies’ characters speak in voices that are tender and soulful, full of love and a quiet acceptance of the inevitable. These are stories of life and death, and the peculiar human ability to mourn the past while remaining ever hopeful for the future.”
Paula Margulies is the owner of Paula Margulies Communications, a public relations firm for authors and artists. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Margulies holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Language Arts & Literature, a certificate in Marketing Communications, and single subject and community college teaching credentials. Margulies has received numerous awards for her short stories and novels, including her debut novel, Coyote Heart, and her essays have been published in a number of professional journals and magazines. She has been awarded artist residencies at Caldera, Red Cinder Artist Colony, Centrum, and the Vermont Studio Center. Margulies resides with her husband in San Diego, California.
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