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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Short Stories
  • Language:English
  • Pages:91
  • eBook ISBN:9780615870755

Mr. Chiardi & Other Stories

by Charles Maxwell

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A wildly enjoyable collection of short stories by a writer whose work is guaranteed to surprise and delight. In a world of too much "reality," Mr. Chiardi delivers a much-needed break from the day-to-day, a fun romp through a slightly twisted alternative.   

                 Five-Star Review from Reader's Favorite

Mr. Chiardi & Other Stories is cleverly creative with some of the most original plots and colorful characters I’ve come across - Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite.


In this debut collection of short stories, Charles Maxwell’s characters are impeccably rendered, and, for the most part, entirely human. In Mr. Chiardi, a class of oddly precocious children launches their increasingly frustrated teacher into space. In The Reconciliation, an estranged husband and wife are brought together by their handsome, well-educated pet, a talking German shepherd named Hunter. In Fresh Fruit, Dr. von Bent is a psychiatrist with a few twists in his own psyche. His colleagues have only slightly more sanity than the patients who spend months in the waiting room seeking their help. In Time for College, Junior has hair on his back and a yen for action. It’s time for him to choose a college, but where he goes and how he makes his decision will leave you laughing out loud. Mr. Chiardi & Other Stories is tautly written and honed to a clarity that can only be achieved by years of studied craftsmanship. The stories in this book are short, quick trips into the funny, quirky world of a writer of great promise. Enjoy.

About the author

Rita Buckley, writing as Charles Maxwell, is an award-winning medical writer, journalist, and author. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference four times. Her work is widely published in business journals and peer-reviewed medical journals. Her poetry and fiction has appeared in print and online in numerous literary journals, including Bartleby Snopes, Danse Macabre, Monkeybicycle, Versal, and SNReview (SNR). It has been called out twice by FictionDaily and nominated for Dancz Books Best of the Web.