Plummet and Shine and Other Stories by author Joan Korale is the latest release by Buffalo-based NFB Publishing.
Plummet and Shine spans a variety of locations and emotions. A collection of stories that delves into relationships, hopes and dreams, the characters come alive through the intimate portraits and each story builds toward a realization of what it means to live in an ever-changing world.
Korale’s 15 short stories are based on people she met as a teacher in Jamaica, as a military spouse in Hawaii, as a young girl in her native Philadelphia and South Jersey, and as a resident of her husband’s hometown of Buffalo. Among stories in Plummet and Shine:
• New Jersey/Philadelphia/Buffalo: A loving grandfather cites the origin of a myth to help heal a bullied grandson.
• Jamaica, West Indies: A Jamaican girl moving on her own to Manhattan is counseled by a poet in a dream.
• Hawaiian Islands: A wife’s departure prompts her husband to build a boat to fetch her back, but a sudden natural shock reveals to him the awakened feelings of a young Hawaiian woman.
• Military: A bereaved soldier traveling Route 66 to find the site where his mother said synthetic diamonds originated seeks solace from a bizarre amateur psychology racket.