Terms of Engagement: Stories of the father and Son

Terms of Engagement: Stories of the father and Son

by Paul Alan Ruben

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Overview

"A quiet lyricism emerges from these stories and it serves to underscore their emotional impact. Ruben can touch you deeply--and he can break your heart."

--T. C. Boyle, New York Times bestselling author

“EM Forester advised us, ‘Only Connect.’ But if he read Paul Alan Ruben’s Terms of Engagement he’d have to admit that the task is more daunting in father-son relationships. The author’s stories strongly plead the case that men today need to learn to better connect, better love each other and be loved.”

--Robert Garfield, M.D., Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania

In his debut collection, Paul Alan Ruben, portrays father and son, both yearning to be understood, acknowledged, and validated by the other. Raw and gripping, these nine stories take place in collision territory, where father and son engage the other in uncertain terms, both desperately trying to repair the emotional damage that has led to their alienation.

Inextricably linked by blood, each story pits a vulnerable authority figure—the father—before his vulnerable son, who derives neither protection nor emotional nourishment from him.

At its core, Terms of Engagement delves into the heart of the matter: Who am I, as a father? Who am I, as a son? Who am I, as a human being?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642552072
Publisher: Alison Larkin Presents
Publication date: 10/20/2018
Series: Stories of the father and son as intimate enemies.
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Paul Alan Ruben is a writer and two-time Grammy Award winner (Best Spoken Word). His short story fiction has been published by Pif Magazine, Pennsylvania English/35, Connotation Press, and Wild Violet Literary. His non-fiction essays have appeared in Audiofile Magazine, Fatherly, Dadcentric.com, and Good Men's Project.

He lives in Brooklyn, NY. Terms of Engagement: Stories of the Father and Son is his debut short story collection.

www.paulalanruben.com

Clubs, Groups, Professional Associations Membership:
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Pen America
Audio Publishers Association
Goodreads

Publications written for:
The Good Men Project
Fatherly
Audiofile Magazine

Schools where studied:
Yankton College, S.D./ BA,Theatre
Bowling Green State University (Ohio)/MA, Theatre
Spalding University (Louisville, Ky)/MFA, fiction
The Sackett Street Writers' Workshop (fiction)

Table of Contents

PART I: STORIES OF THE FATHER AND SON

FATHER, SON, AND THE HOLY OBIT

A MINOR ADJUSTMENT

TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT

THE UNDERDOG

ADAM’S ROTTEN APPLE

SMILE LIKE SISYPHUS

PART II: A FATHER AND SON TRIPTYCH

MAKAVELEYE'S CANON

THE PROBLEM OF ED

FATHER

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Previous Publications

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