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Reviewers Write

“Evocative and personal, heart-wrenching and illuminating, Susanna Solomon’s Paris Beckons showcases 34 stories revealing what lies beneath our deepest fears and memories. Poignant and for those with pasts that refuse to remain buried."

Cara Black, author of the award winning Aimee LeDuc Mystery Series

“Often heart-rending, sometimes surreal but always intriguing, Solomon’s A Night Train to Paris transports the reader to amazing places in and around Paris and in and around the human heart."

JT Morrow, artist, author

“Susanna Solomon’s fantastical musings reveal a clandestine Paris of temptation, imagination and unease—ghostly “Shakespeare & Company,” time-bending “The Clock,” Twilight-Zone-esque “The Teddy Bear,” and Oscar-Wilde-reminiscent “Hello, Human.” Other tales derail the mind’s comfort zones—risky soul-searching in “Among My Own Kind,” braving Parisian streets as a first-time motorcyclist in “Julia,” and communing with a Musee D’Orsay sculpture which thinks outside the box in “The Dancer.” Deft, whimsical, with the hovering shadow of a domineering father, these stories rank among Solomon’s best. ”

J. Macon King, Mill Valley Literary Review. Author of Circus of the Sun, and Drinking with a Dead Cat.

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“Susanna Solomon will never lack for material when it comes to the Sheriff Calls in West Marin. It’s what she does with them. Fact can be stranger than fiction, however Solomon takes fiction and weaves tales that take the reader right into the depths of the funny, unusual and often tragic scenarios that would cause one to “call the sheriff.” You will not be able to put the collection down.”

Amanda Eichstaedt, Station Manager, KWMR West Marin Community Radio

“Point Reyes is a spit of land which earthquakes, over eons, have moved northward from San Diego to past San Francisco. It is often shrouded in fog, and the lighthouse stands on a rock protruding into the ocean, where 130 mph winds not infrequently closes the isthmus to tourists. The village of Point Reyes Station, at the neck connecting it to the continent, sits on the faultline.

Whether due to geography, climate, or relative isolation it is home to cultural misfits and occasional trespassers, and the fringe activities of both. Solomon, mistress of a wiggy imagination, brings the community subcutlures together for a romp of miscommunication and unpremediated silliness that captures the land, the people, and the attempt at order and community in a distinctively charming style. Each story has its own characters, but several recur in a way that make you feel you've spent a week of mornings having coffee in the thick of the two-block main street.”

David Colin Carr, freelance editor, and coauthor of Forever and Always and Living a Life that Matters

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Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls

Reviewers Write

“In Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls, Susanna Solomon transforms little slices-of-life — a suspicious car, a woman yelling, teenagers misbehaving in a creek — into stories with meaning and emotion, filled with engaging characters both familiar and surprising. As an astute observer of life with a playful curiosity, Solomon grabs us unto her world and makes us want to explore, “What happened?”

Vicki Larson, Lifestyles Editor, Marin Independent Journal, co-author of, “The New I Do: Reshaping Marriage for Cynics, Commitaphobes and Connubial DIYers”

“Point Reyes, the ‘Martha’s Vineyard of the West Coast’ is beautifully captured by debut author Susanna Solomon in her delightful short story collection.”

Linda Lee, past president, Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter

“The logged entries made to the sheriff and printed in the local weekly are real, but it takes the observant, creative and witty mind of Susanna Solomon to populate those dry reports with fictional residents of Point Reyes in the pages of these entertainingly original short stories.”

Gil Mansergh, host/producer of KRCB-FM’s Word By Word: Conversations With Writers, author of The Marvelous Journals of Miss Virginia Pettingill


Following Orders

Point Reyes Station: At 10:42 a.m. deputies called for back-up for a “pedestrian who was not following orders.”

There’s no crosswalk so I can cross anywhere,” Fred Rhinehart said to the officer.

So begins my story about poor Fred Rhinehart who got confused crossing in front of the Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes, California. Fred is only one of the fictional characters I write about in Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls, a short story collection which will be coming out shortly from HD Media Press. Fred and his wife Mildred, Doris, the hairdresser, Thomas, the easily distracted teenager, Linda the well-endowed deputy, and Alice, an awkward fourteen year old, long to make your acquaintance.

I have long been captivated by actual sheriff’s calls entries in the local West Marin newspaper, the Point Reyes Light. I capture moments in lives that could have happened, might have happened, and in my mind, have happened. Come join the fun.

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