The Ice Child by Leon Arden
and Other Stories

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"Arden’s grace and comic wisdom shine through. How could any reader resist a sentence like this? 'Mickey was a line editor with a face like a first draft.'"
-BlueInk Review

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Addressing a consistent set of themes—most revolving around characters who are in conflict with one another based on differences in culture, age, or personality—The Ice Child offers eleven moving short stories by author Leon Arden.

The collection introduces a wide cast of characters and scenarios. A husband and wife, touring Mexico, are confronted while on horseback, by savage bandits; a young man tries to rescue his mother from his father’s obsession, which is filling their apartment with more books than it can hold; a comic drama between two lovers is waged solely through messages left on their answering machines; a son wheels his sick father into a hospital and demands, at gun point, that he be given a heart by-pass; a lovely English woman arrives in New York to find she must share an apartment with a man she has never met; and a failed writer, with two friends, programs a computer to create a salable story, but ominously the PC also predicts their immediate future.

Bookended by stories about youth and old age, The Ice Child presents a unique but highly entertaining collection of tales.

"...Arden...manages to bring each story to life with a creative vibrancy and colourful prose...Savory, memorable morsels of brilliance from a clever wordsmith and a considerable talent to watch."

-Kirkus Reviews
 

About Leon Arden

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Leon Arden was born in New York and attended Columbia University before becoming a free-lance photographer in the US and Europe. He published five novels and many short stories. Arden's play, "The Midnight's Ride of Alvin Blum" (written with Donald Honig) had several productions in America. He is married and lives in London.
 
Published October 15, 2015 by iUniverse. 139 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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"Arden’s grace and comic wisdom shine through. How could any reader resist a sentence like this? 'Mickey was a line editor with a face like a first draft.'"

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