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Reviewed by Dinorah Blackman for Readers' Favorite
In Face Value: Collected Stories, author Paula Margulies presents a set of very interesting stories that masterfully highlight what lies at the very core of human behavior. Each story offers an in-depth view of what it is that really makes us who we are and what drives us to behave as we do. An elderly man can no longer make sense of his existence and makes one of the most life-altering decisions that can ever be made. A woman chooses caring for her parents over her own wants and needs, even if the end results are painful. A young man sets a deadline for finding a girlfriend and then encounters love in the one place where he wasn’t looking. These stories and many others like them will encourage you to think about what motivates you to live your life as you do.
Face Value is a well-written collection. The language used is simple, but not artless. Paula Margulies gives each story a certain elegance that evokes the use of one’s senses in order to grasp the fullness of the plot. Paula Margulies tells each story masterfully; she has the ability of commanding your attention and not letting it go until you get to the last line. The stories in Face Value are an excellent choice for small group discussions, especially about human nature. The stories are written for a diverse group of readers, but they will especially attract those readers who have a background or an interest in behavior theories.