Crossing Limbo: Deep Moments, Shallow Lives by Shane Joseph

Crossing Limbo: Deep Moments, Shallow Lives

byShane Joseph

Kobo ebook | June 15, 2017

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Greed, desire, ambition, loss, illness, death, and the driving quest to find purpose in a meaningless world…

This literary collection tempts your palate with a multitude of themes and subjects, each more daring than the last. The characters in these 13 stories are wading through no man's land, wanting to escape, but first needing to complete their personal journeys through limbo.

Opening with Waiting for the Train, in which a young girl and a forgotten writer contemplate suicide, and closing with The Long Road Back, wherein a woman uses tantric sex to heal the men in her life, the stories explore the human spirit while addressing character and social flaws without holding back.

Nothing is off-limits: Joseph draws a picture of life in the raw and deals with tough topics in an honest and naked way.

Title:Crossing Limbo: Deep Moments, Shallow LivesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 15, 2017Publisher:Morning Rain PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1928133851

ISBN - 13:9781928133858

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rollercoaster Ride Through Life Choices Shane Joseph’s “Crossing Limbo” reminds us that, as much as we shy away from the knowledge, life is a very much a test of will and fortitude. The characters in this engrossing collection of stories have descended into shadowed areas of existence brought on by the inevitable trials of life: disease, loss of a loved one, corporate downsizing, traumatic experiences, failed dreams and more. Each character wrestles with his or her demons and struggles to find their way back to light, although not all of them complete the journey. Shane Joseph does not shy away from the gravity of the issues he is writing about. His stories are at times stark and explicit in their detail, although never gratuitously. Each is a journey from disappointment or despair towards hope. The author delves deeply into the characters’ emotions and drivers as they attempt to find a bridge to climb out of the state of limbo they discover themselves in. Hope for them often comes from unexpected places. Two longer stories anchor the collection. “Shock and Awe” comes at you from a totally unexpected but intriguing perspective. The narrator is the family dog whose insights on human motivations are illuminating and whose loyalty shines a revealing light on human behaviour. “The Supreme Leader’s Big Day” takes you inside the mind of a despotic dictator whose vision of transforming his country to better times is thwarted by the legacy of his own iron fist. The author is well travelled and his stories reflect this experience. As you read this collection, you will travel across the globe from Canada to the Caribbean and from the Mediterranean to the Arizona desert with a stopover at a fictional middle-eastern country along the way. The stories take you on a rollercoaster ride through a myriad of situations and life choices – tantric sex, immigrant experiences, Holocaust survivors, serial killers and more – and the range of emotions that go along with these circumstances. “Crossing Limbo” is an eclectic collection of stories tied together by the journey from darkness to light. You may be disturbed occasionally as you find your way through it. But you will always want to finish the story you’re in the midst of at that moment.
Date published: 2017-08-30