“In Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls, Susanna Solomon transforms little slices-of-life — a suspicious car, a woman yelling, teenagers misbehaving in a creek — into stories with meaning and emotion, filled with engaging characters both familiar and surprising. As an astute observer of life with a playful curiosity, Solomon grabs us unto her world and makes us want to explore, “What happened?”
“Point Reyes, the ‘Martha’s Vineyard of the West Coast’ is beautifully captured by debut author Susanna Solomon in her delightful short story collection.”
“The logged entries made to the sheriff and printed in the local weekly are real, but it takes the observant, creative and witty mind of Susanna Solomon to populate those dry reports with fictional residents of Point Reyes in the pages of these entertainingly original short stories.”
Point Reyes Station: At 10:42 a.m. deputies called for back-up for a “pedestrian who was not following orders.”
“There’s no crosswalk so I can cross anywhere,” Fred Rhinehart said to the officer.
So begins my story about poor Fred Rhinehart who got confused crossing in front of the Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes, California. Fred is only one of the fictional characters I write about in Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls, a short story collection which will be coming out shortly from HD Media Press. Fred and his wife Mildred, Doris, the hairdresser, Thomas, the easily distracted teenager, Linda the well-endowed deputy, and Alice, an awkward fourteen year old, long to make your acquaintance.
I have long been captivated by actual sheriff’s calls entries in the local West Marin newspaper, the Point Reyes Light. I capture moments in lives that could have happened, might have happened, and in my mind, have happened. Come join the fun.
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