Rita Buckley, writing as Charles Maxwell, gives us lovable cast of characters who make their ways through worlds of magic realism and reality with humor, pathos, and a great sense of fun. In this debut collection of short stories, Buckley’s characters are impeccably rendered, and, for the most part, entirely human. From a precocious class of grade school students who launch their increasingly frustrated teacher into space to a Maine coon cat who springs into action to save its owner’s life, these stories will capture your interest, touch your heart, and tickle your imagination. With a five-star review from Readers’ Favorite, Mr. Chiardi & Other Stories is a quick and entertaining read.
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This short book is the work of a highly imaginative and inventive writer. Her stories are cleverly creative with entirely original plots and colorful characters. Each tale is unique and amusing, a wildly enjoyable collection of short fiction guaranteed to surprise and delight. Mr. Chiardi & Other Stories is the perfect antidote to the the humdrum drum roll of daily bad news. Its quick trips into the quirky lives of its characters will stay with you long after you put down the book. Unlike reality, this book is full of happy endings. Buy. Smile. Laugh. Tell your friends.
“Readers looking for a quick, entertaining menagerie of stories will find this collection humorous and intriguing…”