TOPEKA, Kan., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ — Some lives lend themselves better to story than others. “Broken Glass and Other Stories” (published by iUniverse), by Herbert Spohn, is a collection of fiction that draws upon many of the author’s own extraordinary life experiences.
These works contain a wide range of subject matter that aptly reflects the author’s varied past. “Leaving the Fatherland” details Spohn’s escape from Nazi Germany and his path to American citizenship. Another story, “Becoming an American in Time of War,” details his infantry combat experience as a member in the U.S. Army.
In addition to very personal themes surrounding the author’s escape from Germany and service during the war, this collection also reflects topics Spohn encountered in his profession as a clinical psychologist. These themes include alcoholism, father-daughter relationships, and loss and longing. Though these fictional stories are diverse in character, plot and situation, they fit together as pieces of a whole, filtered through memory and consciousness.
Part of what makes these stories so successful is Spohn’s ability to empathize with others and understand their point of view. This is apparent in his talent for narrative and character development as he attempts to tell the stories of others’ lives. Whether the setting is pre-war Germany, an AA meeting or a therapist’s consulting room, readers will enjoy these glimpses into another life.
About the Author
Herbert Spohn was born and educated in Berlin, Germany, but left with his family to escape Nazi persecution. He became an American citizen when he served in the U.S. Army during World War II and earned an advanced degree with help from the GI Bill. During his career as a clinical psychologist, he participated in two major revolutions in the mental health field and served as a research scientist and director of a research department. Spohn has been writing short stories and novellas since the 1980s.
“Broken Glass and Other Stories”
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