Memorable Characters Range from Heartbreaking to Hysterical in New Collection of Short Stories

Dog Ear Publishing reviews a short story collection that offers readers a peek into the lives of an eclectic and interesting array of characters, from a small-town lawyer looking for vengeance against a rodent to a dog with wisdom beyond his years to a veteran protecting his mother from her abusive ex-husband.

Wooster, OH, August 22, 2019 --( Dog Ear Publishing is proud to release author Ronald E. Holtman’s new book, “Last Rites and Other Tales from the Heartland.” Holtman gives readers a brief glimpse into the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in this compelling collection of short stories.

In “Burrowing,” a lawyer’s obsession with a groundhog distracts him from his disgruntled neighbor’s less-than-neighborly intentions; “Omar’s Tale” is told through the eyes of a patient and wise Labrador retriever who’s seen more than most dogs.

“Meals” follows a widower who learns to cook after his beloved wife’s death, which leads to a surprising new chapter in his life; “Clayton’s True Love” is the tale of a man firmly under the thumb of his domineering mother.

In “Last Rites and Other Tales from the Heartland,” author Holtman effortlessly moves from one story to another, each just as rich and developed as the next. Whether he’s writing about a small-town bank teller or an immigrant couple fighting to preserve the dignity of an old, wealthy man, Holtman’s facility with prose will keep readers turning pages until the end of the book.

Holtman graduated from Denison University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University. Following his graduation from law school, Holtman served in the Judge Advocate Corps of the U.S. Air Force for fouryears. When his military service ended, Holtman practiced law in Wooster, Ohio, for 45 years. This is his first collection of short stories.

Last Rites and Other Tales from the Heartland
Ronald E. Holtman
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-6905-0 200 pages $15.95 US

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