“This little book is a gem of tenderness as it looks at a hard-hitting reality. It also brings to mind the expression, 'There but for the grace of God go I.' Yet it never preaches. It just quietly does what it should, and I found myself wishing fervently that everyone everywhere would read it and change the world.”
Kate Niles, author of The Basket Maker, a ForeWord Magazine "Best Fiction of the Year," and other titles.
"Schweighardt skillfully tackles a rarely addressed theme in fiction through the character of Ben, someone who could be any one of us, successful in one moment and living on the streets in the next. Juxtaposed is Lola, a woman overwhelmed and fragmented by a traumatic event. We are moved by the humanity and vulnerability of these characters and thus we can have hope for them. "
Phyllis M Skoy, author of A Turkish Trilogy: What Survives, As They Are and A Coup, and Myopia, a memoir.
AND . . .
The Art of Touch:
A Collection of Prose and Poetry from the Pandemic and Beyond
Editors Joan Schweighardt & Faye Rapoport DesPres
University of Georgia Press, Fall 2023
Contributors: Linda DeFruscio, Donna Baier Stein, Susan J Tweit, Paula Coomer, Lynn C. Miller, Lynda Miller, Grace Stevens, Judith Simon Prager, Sarah Kotchian, Meg Kearney, Damian McNicholl, Raphael Frumkin, Sarah McElwain, Deborah Swift, Kate Niles, Phyllis Skoy, Anne Casey, Magdalena Ball, Alicia Ostriker, Bonnie Boucher, Becky Kennedy, Meg Tuite, Nicole Hardy, Robert Root, Paul Singer, Erika Dreifus, Quintin Collins, Maria Luisa Arroyo, Daniel B. Summerhill, Beatriz Terrazas, Christie Page, Rocco Lo Bosco, Laura Crucianelli, Alison Stone, Joy Castro, Will Jennings.