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Author: Richard R. Karlen
Date of Publication: September, 2003
Price: $15.00 plus cost of shipping and handling
Number of pages: 243 text
ISBN: 0-96608313-X
Library of Congress Control Number: 2003109592
Printer: King Printing
Cover Painting of Japanese Boy by Ai Iwano
Photographed by Kim Karlen
Cover design by HM Fotograph/x
This book is intended for the adult market to include both college students and the general reading public.


        Dr. Richard Karlen’s fifth work of fiction, a collection of seventeen short stories, will take the reader on a life-long journey traveling back to the author’s childhood in such stories as Matchmakers, A Taste of Chocolate and in perhaps the most controversial of these stories, Sonata Facile, in which the author, at age thirteen, becomes the romantic object of a pedophile while at a summer camp. 

       There are five stories predicated upon the years Dr. Karlen served in the Air Force from 1957-1960 in Korea and Japan and a sad, poignant story about a nine year old Japanese child caught up during the nightmare of war derived from the remembrances of Dr. Karlen’s wife, Hiroko Karlen, who lived in Tokyo during World War II (An Apple for Kyoshi).

       From Dr. Karlen’s forty years of professional experience, the reader will discover three stories that will offer special insights into the world of dentists and dental technicians.

       Not to be overlooked is the disturbing story of man dying of MS, a former patient of Dr. Karlen’s, who, in his desperation to grab a few final moments of life, comes into conflict with his wife, equally desperate for a way out of the trap she has fallen into (The Arrangement). 

       And finally there is Dinga Goes to Trial, Dr. Karlen’s serio-amusing dog story, which indicts a modern day suburban mentality that places the importance of the greenness of its lawns ahead of the pressing social problems of an unsettled, sometimes chaotic society.


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