Getting Stronger at the Broken Places Published by Outskirts Press

Outskirts Press announces the latest highly anticipated single author short stories book from Kalispell, MT author, Frank Owen du Bois.

Kalispell, MT, December 19, 2011 --( Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Getting Stronger at the Broken Places (and other stories) by Frank Owen du Bois. The author's most recent book to date is a 5 x 8 paperback in the single author short stories category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The webpage at was launched simultaneously with the book's publication.

In this compelling collection of short stories, Frank Owen du Bois explores the different ways in which people transcend adversity and tragedy. These insightful explorations of human nature show characters who struggle to be better, and also characters who have given up, but who have hope given to them in unexpected or even unwelcome ways.

Mack, the suffering protagonist of “Cadillac Mack Is Dreaming Again,” endures a brutal Montana winter, not sure whether he is awake or asleep, his identity blurred from alcoholism and the violent, tragic past he relives every night in his dreams. In “Mister & Missus Birdsong,” two delightfully off-kilter people fall in love at a New Zealand hotel and find that their craziness, together, adds up to a newly discovered sanity. The title story, “Getting Stronger at the Broken Places,” explores the crucial crossroads of a man who lost everything he loved in an instant, went looking for a place to die, and was given a new life instead.

With a strong message that love has the power to raise the human spirit, Getting Stronger at the Broken Places gives the gift of vividly imagined tales full of inspiring emotional truth, showing us that even the most damaged people can have the courage to carry on, survive, and triumph.

214 pages in length, Getting Stronger at the Broken Places (and other stories) is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the single author short stories category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, Getting Stronger at the Broken Places meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $14.95.

Additionally, Getting Stronger at the Broken Places can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at

ISBN: 9781432775407

Format: 5 x 8 paperback white

SRP: $14.95

For more information or to contact the author, visit

About the author:

Frank Owen du Bois was born in Louisville, Kentucky, during World War II and was raised in Montana. His broad life experience, which informs and enriches his writing, includes education and work as a clinical psychologist; service as a Specialist in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1963-1969; and ten years living in New Zealand, where he was the CEO of two companies. His work has appeared in Sabine and The MacGuffin, Yin Yang Magazine, The Green Chain Review, and Glacier Literary Review, among others. His work has been recognized in a number of literary contests, including the Laura Bower Van Nuys Short Story Contest. Frank and his life partner, Joan, live in western Montana. He is working on his first novel.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.

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