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How many people do you cross paths with on any given day? A dozen? Twenty? Fifty? Ever stop to wonder how many of them might have more in common with you than you realize? What about your mail carrier? Your Zumba instructor? Your mechanic? The girl at the cash register of the supermarket? Your waiter? The person behind you in line at the bank? The truth is, we each have co How many people do you cross paths with on any given day? A dozen? Twenty? Fifty? Ever stop to wonder how many of them might have more in common with you than you realize? What about your mail carrier? Your Zumba instructor? Your mechanic? The girl at the cash register of the supermarket? Your waiter? The person behind you in line at the bank? The truth is, we each have contact—however fleeting—with countless people each day about whom we know little to nothing. Join award-winning author Georgia Beers as she explores this very concept in Slices of Life, her first collection of connected short stories. Each story gives you a glimpse into the life of a character who happens to be a lesbian. Some are in love. Some are in trouble. Some are just going about their day. And at some point during that day, each character will cross paths with another, and then you’ll get a glimpse into her life. A chef who’s losing part of her life; a teacher with a blind date; a stay-at-home-mom with a crush on her neighbor; a UPS driver who finds the courage to seize the day. Meet each of them, plus several others, in Slices of Life. Just like a good dessert, you’ll be left wanting more.


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How many people do you cross paths with on any given day? A dozen? Twenty? Fifty? Ever stop to wonder how many of them might have more in common with you than you realize? What about your mail carrier? Your Zumba instructor? Your mechanic? The girl at the cash register of the supermarket? Your waiter? The person behind you in line at the bank? The truth is, we each have co How many people do you cross paths with on any given day? A dozen? Twenty? Fifty? Ever stop to wonder how many of them might have more in common with you than you realize? What about your mail carrier? Your Zumba instructor? Your mechanic? The girl at the cash register of the supermarket? Your waiter? The person behind you in line at the bank? The truth is, we each have contact—however fleeting—with countless people each day about whom we know little to nothing. Join award-winning author Georgia Beers as she explores this very concept in Slices of Life, her first collection of connected short stories. Each story gives you a glimpse into the life of a character who happens to be a lesbian. Some are in love. Some are in trouble. Some are just going about their day. And at some point during that day, each character will cross paths with another, and then you’ll get a glimpse into her life. A chef who’s losing part of her life; a teacher with a blind date; a stay-at-home-mom with a crush on her neighbor; a UPS driver who finds the courage to seize the day. Meet each of them, plus several others, in Slices of Life. Just like a good dessert, you’ll be left wanting more.

30 review for Slices of Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Luce

    I enjoyed this collection of connected short stories. However, at the end I felt a bit disappointed - only because I wanted more - I want to read more about the characters after their short ended especially the Chef, Pharmacist and the Fitness instructor.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kennedy

    I enjoyed how the characters from one story flowed into a story of their own. The ending left me wanting more.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alealea

    This book is a real nice surprise and feels like a glass fresh water, which is reeeaaally nice, when you know it was more than 30°C in the shade yesterday... You feel like a ghost (a nice Casper look alike one), following the story from character to character. I thoroughly enjoyed most of them and this is one of the rare GB that is probably going to end up on my yearly rereading list ^^.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Burnes

    This is a series of linked short stories, emphasis on short--11 in 119 pages. There’s barely enough time to learn the characters’ names before it’s over and we’re on to the next one. And because they are so short, the stories are mostly told, like we need to know every minute detail of the main characters' lives when really we don’t. It's all stuff she might need to know as the author, but the reader doesn't need it. I applaud her effort, but because it’s from Brisk Press, which published Outsid This is a series of linked short stories, emphasis on short--11 in 119 pages. There’s barely enough time to learn the characters’ names before it’s over and we’re on to the next one. And because they are so short, the stories are mostly told, like we need to know every minute detail of the main characters' lives when really we don’t. It's all stuff she might need to know as the author, but the reader doesn't need it. I applaud her effort, but because it’s from Brisk Press, which published Outsiders with her very cool story, “Balance,” I was hoping for something different from the usual Romance. It’s a fun concept, though, and many of the characters would do well in their own novel. Think about walking along a street and overhearing snatches of conversation, then flesh that out into a scene (these really are just scenes). Then add the six-degrees-of-separation aspect, how each person/story links to the next one. I knew the stories would circle back to the beginning and I was hoping for a more dramatic arc, but it wasn't there. Where Beers does shine is in dialogue. If these stories had been mostly conversations, I think it would have worked better.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ayse

    This was a cute collection of short stories, one I liked much more than Georgia Beer's other collection of shorts. Each story was self-contained and complete with the linkages cute and thoughtful. The number of lesbians in this small world is slightly unrealistic, but it was highly enjoyable to see the story unfold. Many of the couples were people I would love to read more about -- the chef and the teacher and the wine shop owner and the pharmacist especially. These really were slices of life in This was a cute collection of short stories, one I liked much more than Georgia Beer's other collection of shorts. Each story was self-contained and complete with the linkages cute and thoughtful. The number of lesbians in this small world is slightly unrealistic, but it was highly enjoyable to see the story unfold. Many of the couples were people I would love to read more about -- the chef and the teacher and the wine shop owner and the pharmacist especially. These really were slices of life in the best possible way.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Candace

    The cycle of interrelated stories in this book provides brief peeks in to the lives of a variety of (mostly) lesbian women. Each story is a bit of a teaser (it felt to me like) for a longer story. In other words, I found myself wanting more than just a short story. Most were interesting characters who pulled me into their stories. The writing was journeyman competent. Only a few editorial lapses. Characters seemed conspicuously balanced for age, weight, race, etc. Mostly, the book was amusing an The cycle of interrelated stories in this book provides brief peeks in to the lives of a variety of (mostly) lesbian women. Each story is a bit of a teaser (it felt to me like) for a longer story. In other words, I found myself wanting more than just a short story. Most were interesting characters who pulled me into their stories. The writing was journeyman competent. Only a few editorial lapses. Characters seemed conspicuously balanced for age, weight, race, etc. Mostly, the book was amusing and mildly titillating. Nothing deep or profound, but nicely done.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cab

    I really enjoyed this book, it's a series of vignettes that are all connected. You meet a few characters in the 1st and then one of those characters is featured in the next and so on, until the end where we end up back at the beginning... somewhat. It's written in a way that leaves a bunch of open questions about the characters and what happens next but it's done in a way that didn't leave me unsatisfied at all. Although I admit that there are a couple of characters I would like to see again. I really enjoyed this book, it's a series of vignettes that are all connected. You meet a few characters in the 1st and then one of those characters is featured in the next and so on, until the end where we end up back at the beginning... somewhat. It's written in a way that leaves a bunch of open questions about the characters and what happens next but it's done in a way that didn't leave me unsatisfied at all. Although I admit that there are a couple of characters I would like to see again.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    I really like the concept and loved the ending. The stories moved very well from one character to the next and I liked getting to know so many. Although I felt there were several stories I was dying to hear more from, I usually felt the same about the very next character, which kept me satisfied to the end. Definitely recommend.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    I bumped up my rating a little bit because the concept, I think, is very original. The short stories were all pretty interesting and I truly enjoyed moving from one woman to the next. And the end was perfect.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Kyle-smyth

    A beautifully written book with a very clever concept. It's no surprise that this book encourages all your senses as with all of Georgia's books. Well structured realistic characters that I would imagine we could all relate to in some way. A beautifully written book with a very clever concept. It's no surprise that this book encourages all your senses as with all of Georgia's books. Well structured realistic characters that I would imagine we could all relate to in some way.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Queen

    I loved this book! It left me wanting more. It is finally a book where we can read about normal lives of lesbians. It was just a glimpse and I sure wish it would turn into a novel. Great characters!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Klschwab

    Very well written Sliced of Life is very well written and each story flows from one to the next beautifully. A different style of storytelling, but a pleasant and relaxing departure. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to perhaps another in the future. I say perhaps as I can understand the difficulty in writing a series of connected vignettes as opposed to a novel.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Wilhemina Little

    Sorry, too bitty for me

  14. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Wasn't my favourite of the Georgia Beers book but as a bit of a bookworm I did have to finish it. Wasn't my favourite of the Georgia Beers book but as a bit of a bookworm I did have to finish it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Terry Baker

    The Administrative Assistant Married lawyer, Christine Davis is a player, a womanizer. She’s supposedly happily married to Jules, but is currently having an affair with Jenna. Jenna is getting tired of being Christine’s dirty secret, it’s time to do something about it. She quite likes the look of MJ, the UPS delivery driver. The UPS Driver Mary Jane Harter, (MJ) enjoys her job as a UPS driver. She meets lots of interesting people. She likes Jenna, the administrative assistant at Davis and Fichte The Administrative Assistant Married lawyer, Christine Davis is a player, a womanizer. She’s supposedly happily married to Jules, but is currently having an affair with Jenna. Jenna is getting tired of being Christine’s dirty secret, it’s time to do something about it. She quite likes the look of MJ, the UPS delivery driver. The UPS Driver Mary Jane Harter, (MJ) enjoys her job as a UPS driver. She meets lots of interesting people. She likes Jenna, the administrative assistant at Davis and Fichter, but she thinks Jenna is a cut above her. When MJ delivers some parcels to Sarah Holt, she likes the look of her too. But Sarah’s a straight, stay at home mom and married. May be she should ask Jenna out after all. The Stay At Home Mom Sarah Holt has been struggling to find out what she’s been missing. She’s been having illicit thoughts about her neighbour Rebecca. Is it just Rebecca she fancies, or could it be other women too? Sarah may find out when she’s opened her packages just delivered by MJ. She does get a bit of an eye opener, but she gets a bigger eye opener when she attends a meeting with her son’s teacher, Cassidy Freeman. She now knows for sure it’s not just Rebecca, Cassidy is so hot, Sarah’s knees almost buckle. The Teacher Cassidy Freeman thinks Jeremy Holt’s mother Sarah is hot. It’s a good job she’s meeting a new woman, Deb, later on a blind date at a bar. Unfortunately, Cassidy gets stood up by Deb. The bar tender brings her out a plate of appetizers, compliments of the house, followed shortly by an appearance of chef Kate Martindale. Kate asks Cassidy to Sunday brunch. Her evening wasn’t a wash out after all. The Chef Kate Martindale couldn’t believe she’d asked Cassidy out. The woman had to be twenty years younger than her own fifty five years. Kate has been looking after her dying younger brother and needs a break. But should she really have asked Cassidy out? When Kate calls into her regular coffee shop and Lindsay serves her, suddenly everything looks brighter. The Barista Lindsay Curtis likes the chef. She comes in everyday. Lindsay herself has a girlfriend, Cara. Cara is fifteen years older than her and very hot. Lindsay is a writer of erotica in her spare time. She decides to write a story based on the chef. When Cara returns home, Lindsay’s more than ready for her. The Massage Therapist Cara White is a massage therapist. She mostly enjoys her job. Today she’s tired after a night of steaming hot sex with her lover Lindsay. When her old school coach comes in for her regular massage, Cara finds herself talking about their lives for the first time ever. Including the fact that she’d had a crush on Geri’s life partner, Lisa Hargrave, her old English teacher. The Landscape Architect Geri Scott was not happy. She really doesn’t want to retire. But she’s in pain most of the time with arthritis. The massages help her a little. She decides to get a bottle of wine in Dorian Garrison’s shop on her way home. She chats to Dorian about retiring. When she gets home, she has an announcement to make to Lisa. The Wine Shop Owner Dorian Garrison’s wine shop isn’t doing too well with all the big stores opening up. She’s been very down. She goes to her local pharmacy to get her anti anxiety meds. Liv, the pharmacist, comes up with a couple of ideas. In fact, Dorian is almost certain Liv has asked her out. The Pharmacist Olivia Keegan, (Liv) is very happy in her job. But she has a very low opinion of herself. She is always wanting to change herself into something she’s not. Now she’s joined a gym. She thinks she’s too fat. She has an appointment with Julia Hastings to discuss her fitness regime. Julia gives Liv a pep talk. Now Liv is really looking forward to seeing Dorian later. The Fitness Instructor Julia Hastings is a fitness instructor. She gives out lots of sound advice on self esteem and fitness. She’s now about to take some of her own advice. Her wife Christine has been cheating on her for a long time. It’s time to do something about it. This book of short stories has been written in a surprisingly clever way. Each story connects to the previous one. This happens right the way through the book until the last story which has actually gone a full circle and leads back to the first story. I loved each story. Most leave you to draw your own conclusions, but the hint is there as to how they will end. I shouldn’t have expected anything less though from a book written by Georgia Beers. I’ve enjoyed all her books. This one is no exception. It’s very well written and although the stories are short, the characters have a depth to them that some writers fail to achieve in short stories.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Patti Andon

    I’m not much of a short story reader, I love to immerse myself in a book. But I really enjoyed the way these stories for together, one life intertwined with another. I liked the way it started and loved the way it ended. I just wanted more, more from each story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melomaniac

    concept was good but it felt like my candy was taken away from me . i wish the author continues with them individually in another book

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Georgia Beers is a talented author and with Slices of Life she proves just how talented she is. When I first picked up the book, I was expecting to read a short story each evening before I went to bed. What I ended up reading was a novella with a twist. This really was a tricky project to pull off, but pull it off, Georgia Beers did! There was just enough in each story to give the readers a depth of character, a quick glimpse into their life and how one encounter or one action creates rings of r Georgia Beers is a talented author and with Slices of Life she proves just how talented she is. When I first picked up the book, I was expecting to read a short story each evening before I went to bed. What I ended up reading was a novella with a twist. This really was a tricky project to pull off, but pull it off, Georgia Beers did! There was just enough in each story to give the readers a depth of character, a quick glimpse into their life and how one encounter or one action creates rings of reaction. By the time I got to the last story and figured out who the character was, well, it was just awesome. Of course I would love to see more of any of the characters and I would love to find out more about their lives, but that can be said about any of the Georgia Beers characters from any of her novels. She has a way of bringing those characters right up to the reader and makes the reader love them. For a change in reading pace with all the right aspects, I would definitely recommend Slices of Life.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Me

    It's amazing that a book that disappointed me so much can still be a good read. The lack of conclusion of any kind is highly disappointing. It basically built me up, wanting to know what was going to happen in these people's lives and then denying that. But the fact that it built me up to want so badly to know more means it is obviously (to me at least) a good read. Just a highly, horribly disappointing end, or really a lack of an end in any way. If she writes a sequel to follow up on all of the It's amazing that a book that disappointed me so much can still be a good read. The lack of conclusion of any kind is highly disappointing. It basically built me up, wanting to know what was going to happen in these people's lives and then denying that. But the fact that it built me up to want so badly to know more means it is obviously (to me at least) a good read. Just a highly, horribly disappointing end, or really a lack of an end in any way. If she writes a sequel to follow up on all of these stories, then this will truly be a great collection.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I do not read short stories. I as a rule do not like them. I even told Georgia Beers this. I did read the book and the stories are all related to each other, so I did enjoy the book very much. I recommend it and gave Georgia the thumbs up on this book. She can write more short stories and I will read them.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sally Trotter

    I really enjoyed this collection of different stories yet all linked. Talk about degrees of separation. Would have loved to know how each character's story ends, the only one we have an inkling of it the serial philanderer in the first story and yes as the synopsis says you are definitely left wanting more I really enjoyed this collection of different stories yet all linked. Talk about degrees of separation. Would have loved to know how each character's story ends, the only one we have an inkling of it the serial philanderer in the first story and yes as the synopsis says you are definitely left wanting more

  22. 5 out of 5

    isa Simonet

    I am going to be very fast and especially very clear: with the books of Beers I wouldn’t bother to make a review of each of her books. You can go there with your eyes closed, everything is good, her writing, her stories , her characters, everything. Go ahead, read Georgia Beers without hesitation !!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ch

    "...something initially so awesome and wonderful could do a complete one-eighty and bite you right in the ass." The way the stories were played were brilliant. It was enjoyable to see how the stories flowed from one another, from the beginning to the end, especially that two (Also I kinda want Christine's POV). 3.5 "...something initially so awesome and wonderful could do a complete one-eighty and bite you right in the ass." The way the stories were played were brilliant. It was enjoyable to see how the stories flowed from one another, from the beginning to the end, especially that two (Also I kinda want Christine's POV). 3.5

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alena

    Nice collection of short stories. I enjoyed the way they were connected, making transition from one story to the next smooth. Easy read that leaves me with a good feeling, especially since the last story was very satisfying.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia Perez

    This was a fun book. I liked the way in which it was written and the theme. I don't see this done a whole lot, much less done well. Give it a chance. I think you'll be pleased. This was a fun book. I liked the way in which it was written and the theme. I don't see this done a whole lot, much less done well. Give it a chance. I think you'll be pleased.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I really enjoyed these stories. There were quite a few characters I wanted to know more of, though. It was nice how the ending connected with the beginning and completed the circle. Fun read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brittney Toth

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carole Damoci

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sue

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