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When I called you each morning, while it was late night to you, my body thought it was night too. Our energy levels and rhythms were the same. I could feel it over the phone, across time zones and oceans. I felt like I was still at home combing nits out of your hair and helping your brother and your cousin edge you toward a new life, a better way of life without booze. Then, one more day passed and I got enough sunshine and enough fresh air for my body to adjust. I was back in this place, I had a new rhythm of family life and work and the ways of this adopted country.

“How can I do this?” I thought. “How can I fit this responsibility in too?”


Disguised as letters to a friend in need, “Dry Stories” delves into the psyche of the main character, revealing her passions, her fears, her needs, and her desires. Separated from her home country while living abroad with her husband and children, she struggles to conform to foreign traditions, accept local customs, and maintain her identity.

This literary compilation of short stories can be read as stand-alone pieces, or sequentially in a compelling novella. Each story is a letter written to a friend recovering from alcoholism and resonates with the truth of what it is to be human in a naturally disconnected world.

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    Great writing

    I wish Dry Stories had been longer, hoping now that Kate Baggott writes another book, soon! I read it in December and still thinking about it.

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    More, please

    Kate... Wow. I *just* bought your book. Not what I expected (when is a truly good book what you thought would be between those covers, no matter what you've heard about it??). I am only a few pages and a couple of paragraphs into it, and I find echoes... A resonance... A "drawing in"... It was difficult to pull away, just to write this brief message - I will be engrossed for the duration, and I wanted you to know. Thank you, for indulging your gift and sharing your stories. I'm diving back in, now, but will emerge when there are no pages left. Noooooooo! It's over!!!! I want more.... You didn't just touch my heart. Your book didn't just engage me. The voices are so real. You drew me in, stirred up a whirlwind, created those echoes and resonant places, took me to memories of places I haven't visited in a while, and gave sound advice while doing so. I am in love with Paolo's way of dispensing wisdom. You have every right to be very, VERY proud of this book!


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