Two Peninsulas


With humor and perceptive candor, the twenty-six short stories in this anthology build upon the author’s earlier works on Michigan small town life. Set during different time periods from the early twentieth century to twenty years into the future, often in spectacular outdoor settings, the stories pursue such themes as the innocence of youth, ethnic customs, the troubled state economy, fear of those who are different, dubious claims of morality, heartbreak, the corrupt side of academia, career options, and the loneliness of old age. Anyone who has ever lived in, or even visited at some length, an American small town will identify with many of the not so common situations depicted in this collection.

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Author Joseph E. Pluta
Publisher FriesenPress
Release Date 2012
Book Type Short stories
Genre Fiction, Historical
Length 232 pages
Paperback ISBN 978-1-77097-042-7

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6 Responses to “Two Peninsulas”

  1. Orlando Ibanez January 11, 2016 at 1:17 am #

    Beautifully written stories. There is much to recommend here. “Atilla the Nun” really hits the nail on the head for those of us who attended Catholic schools. Funny and accurate! Very well done.

  2. Justine W. March 29, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    Just stumbled on this marvelous book in a northern Michigan bookstore recently. Every story is intriguing, inspirational, and funny. What a thoroughly worthwhile read! Love the characters and the unique yet believable situations.

  3. Hector Cavazos July 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    These are wonderful short stories! Very entertaining and written in a manner that makes for a delightful read. Plots that hold your attention and make you think. Strong characters! I am going out to buy another one of this author’s books right now!!! He is an absolutely terrific storyteller.

  4. J B Smith May 13, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Terrific collection of stories! “The South Shore Bus” is a beautiful account of a little girl who has to grow up at a young age. “Loss of Innocence” is a warm tale of two boys from an orphanage. “Accidents” and “Police Stories” are VERY, VERY funny. My favorite, however, is the futuristic “Charlevoix in 2033”.

  5. Gerald Ritter March 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    In “Two Peninsulas”, I especially appreciated the author’s attacks on: phony religious piety, corruption in the halls of academia, racism, and homophobia. And yet, he is also able to tell meaningful stories of youthful innocence, friendships at all age levels, complicated relationships, and the scourge of post-traumatic stress disorder.

  6. Kenny Carr December 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    “Two Peninsulas” is absolutely spectacular!!! What a marvelous account of life in Michigan. Two Thumbs Up! I highly recommend anything Pluta writes.

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