The Past We Step Into

Fiction - Drama
314 Pages
Reviewed on 07/30/2021
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Author Biography

Richard Scharine was born in the back room of a Wisconsin farmhouse, went to a one room grade school, and rode a school bus 52 miles to high school. He is currently a professor emeritus in the University of Utah theatre department, where his honors include University Professor, University Diversity Award, and College of Fine Arts Excellence Award. Dr. Scharine has published two scholarly books, five book chapters, and a score or more articles. A Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the University of Gdansk in Poland, he has directed a hundred plays and acted in seven foreign countries, including the title role in Oedipus at Colonus in Athens, Greece.

The smartest thing he did was to marry Marilyn Hunt Scharine.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Past We Step Into by Richard Scharine discusses the daily life and struggles of a couple as they love together, live together, and build a family against the backdrop of rapid modernity in America. The work opens with the narrator reminiscing about past generations and how his ancestors migrated from Ireland to the USA for a fresh start. From there onward, each story gives us a glimpse into the lives of different characters and how they deal with the chaos that life throws at them over the years. Our narrator stays at the forefront of the story to share how each moment can lie heavy on one's heart, shaping and changing us for the times yet to come.

The Past We Step Into can be explored as a collection of twelve interconnected short stories, each one teaching a life lesson. While the pace of the story can be a little slow at times, the narrative is far from boring. I love that our narrator for the first few stories was nameless, yet we knew the names of every significant person in his life. His father was quite a character, but my favorite was Great-Aunt Alma. She was an incredibly sassy character, and her dialogues were fantastically sarcastic yet so on point. Rik was a close second. What I loved most about this collection was how author Richard Scharine depicted life in all its natural glory. Neither grief nor happiness overpowers anything, keeping life in balance. Each of the emotions and upheavals in the lives of the characters was as realistic as possible.