A Shield of Paris is built around the theme of power and love, and the transformation of the former into the latter. Mirroring this is the transformations of voice and style, from irony to elegy. The first story is ironic and obtuse, the last story becomes unmediated in emotion and memory. Between them, the volume is rife with historical material that brings these themes well beyond the personal. Voices wildly vary, from the oracular to the street, from austere to burlesque.
Paperback: 266 pages
Publishing date: February 7, 2019
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
Price: $19.60 (paperback) $7.99 (e-book)
Larry Smith has published fiction, poetry, and a variety of nonfiction in literary journals throughout the world. His 2016 novella Patrick Fitzmike and Mike Fitzpatrick (Outlook 19) traverses the political, sexual, and spiritual terrain of the modern Catholic Church. A former business journalist with thousands of bylines, and retired executive of a public relations and crisis management firm, Smith grew up in Cleveland and migrated to New York in the late 1960s. He is currently compiling a third collection of stories called High and Dry as well as a collection of hybrid nonfictions entitled Nicole Simpson: The Untold Story.