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Hidden Truths

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a short story collection
by Jeff Boyle

"A yearning for connection binds many of the stories in Jeff Boyle’s fine collection. His lean, muscular prose reads as smooth as a flat sea. Yet still waters can disguise powerful undertows, and to slip into Boyle’s world is to risk being swept away. Let yourself go, and when the current releases you back on shore you’ll have more to contemplate than the view of the ocean many of his characters enjoy .… It’s in the premise that we find commonalities among Boyle’s sixteen stories. In a world where people find themselves increasingly isolated from neighbors and their communities, Boyle shows us again and again characters swimming against that tide to reach some kind of bond with another.

"Two retirees who navigate the unfamiliar customs of Internet dating. Young lovers who find insight into their relationship through a shared viewing of a classic film. A man drawn to a bedraggled street evangelist. The elderly patients of an assisted-living facility who bond over Scrabble. A childless couple who contemplate adopting a boy to fill an unstated void. A professor who bonds with his students over a Socratic exchange about the causes of crime. A man and woman whose May-December romance threatens to come crashing down on a discount-airlines flight. Young mall workers who learn about trust and love at the food court.

"The stories are told with humor, compassion and an eye for detail that vivify the varied settings. You don’t have to take daily bicycle rides on a breeze-cooled beach — as Boyle does — to feel the sun on your shoulders and smell the tang of salt on the air. ” — from the introduction by Derek Catron

Jeff Boyle’s awards for writing attest to his dedication to excellence. The Rutgers Political Science undergrad, who earned his Master’s Degree in Administration from Nova University, exhibited the same excellence in his baseball card business, The Baseball Card Exchange, for more than twenty years. Meanwhile, he also served for a decade on the City Commission in Ormond Beach, Florida.

Now this Philadelphia native-turned Floridian is dedicated full time to his writing, and Bold Venture Press is proud to present his first short story collection of literary works, each sharing life’s hidden truths.