Oysters and Pearls: Collected Stories

Acclaimed author Mitzi Szereto explores the many complexities of desire, love and lust in this rich and varied “best of” collection of short stories.

In these 17 provocative and often witty offerings, Mitzi Szereto travels expertly between genres with tales that explore both the light and the dark sides of passion. “Oysters and Pearls” gives the reader a glimpse into worlds that are as ordinary as they are fantastical and mysterious. Like a skilled lover, this sensuous and imaginative compilation will leave you wanting more.

“The strength of this collection lies in its imaginative grasp of the wide variety of cultures, landscapes and emotional engagement of the reader as well the sexual.”—Tobsha Learner, bestselling author of “Picture This”

“Whether it’s gothic, paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi, romance or flat-out comedy, Szereto does it with panache. Stories that titillate and entertain, provoke wild thoughts or sensual dreams, they’re all here in ‘Oysters and Pearls.’ Enjoy!”—Kate Douglas, bestselling author of “Spirit Wild” and “Intimate Relations”

“Mitzi Szereto has a quirky and intriguing hold on suburbia, desperation, the loneliness of the human heart and the essential sadness of its yearning, as we seek to express it through sexual contact. It’s a dark and poignant place, of course, but laughter is never entirely absent. Which is just as it should be.”—Niall Griffiths, author of “Wreckage” and “Sheepshagger”
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Published on
Oct 25, 2017
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Pages
249
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ISBN
9781641864190
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Anthologies (multiple authors)
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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"A rural crime novel I found approachable and engaging, featuring an oddly detached hero who just happens to be a small bear…. I enjoyed my visit to Norfolk and I could certainly bear another outing (sorry)!"—The American magazine
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