This Elegant Ruin (Paperback)

and other stories

By Erin Bartels

Understory Press, 9780692232729, 210pp.

Publication Date: August 29, 2014

List Price: 11.99*
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Love and hate. Dreams and nightmares. Luck and misfortune. In twelve engaging stories, the joys and sorrows of life glow against such varied backdrops as a snowy wood, a quaint country inn, a crumbling metropolis, the shore of Lake Superior, and a lonely country highway. A man in the twilight of his career falls in love with a young woman at the dawn of hers. A girl at the end of her rope finds an unexpected friend in an eccentric stranger. A young man haunted by memories finally gets a chance to forget his troubles. An artist takes stock of his life's work and discovers an unwelcome truth. With prose that evokes wonder and fear, regret and relief, Erin Bartels draws meaning from the small moments of life, challenging us to be still, to notice, to dream-and to hope.

About the Author

Erin Bartels is an author, a freelance editor, and a copywriter for an independent publishing house in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2014, she was a finalist in the Saturday Evening Post's Great American Fiction Contest with her story "This Elegant Ruin." She is a board member for the Capital City Writers Association, a member of the Women's Fiction Writers Association, and the features editor of WFWA's newsletter, Write On. Author of The Intentional Writer, Erin blogs at and speaks at writers conferences. For updates and information on new releases, follow her on Twitter @ErinLBartels or find her on Facebook (ErinBartelsAuthor).