Writing separately and together
When Stephen invited Bela to write a novel with him, a wonderful collaboration ensued. Now they are both engaged in the creative world, separately and together.
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In 2019 they published A Book of Fields, Stephen’s collection of fictional short stories set in the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts where they live:
Three kids rob a diner in Greenfield where everyone knows them. A boy goes to the Big E in West Springfield and runs away with the circus. An animal control officer has to shoot a moose in Sheffield. These deceptively simple fictional stories explore the magical landscape of the Pioneer Valley (or slightly beyond), populated not by magicians or wizards but by very real human beings; it’s a portrait of a changing world and the men and women who inhabit it: hardy, independent, passionate, hardheaded, sometimes a little crazy.
“A Book of Fields may be the
best book I have reviewed this year.”
– Tinky Weisblat, Hampshire Gazette