Uranium Mine and Other Stories

Fiction - Drama
151 Pages
Reviewed on 06/02/2024
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Author Biography

Having retired after a forty-year counseling and psychotherapy career in Salinas, California, Jed returned to writing in 2015.
Fifty years ago, he edited and published a quarterly, English-Spanish literary journal, Maguey (mah-gay), subtitled, A Bridge between Worlds. Around that time, his articles, short stories, and poems were published in various journals, magazines, and anthologies.
Before that, he worked as the film and theater critic (with the nom de plume of Eric Lang) for The News, the English-language newspaper in Mexico City, besides having a TV column, and doing feature articles, deskwork, and reporting for the paper. He also worked as a foreign correspondent for a wire service and Time magazine.
Returning to the US in 1967, he and his wife practiced with the Zen master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi until his passing in December 1971. They left the organization in 1976. Jed began his professional mental health career the same year.
He lives in Salinas. His wife, Maria Esther, after sixty-three years of marriage, passed away just before Thanksgiving, 2023.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tanja Jurkovic for Readers' Favorite

Uranium Mine and Other Stories by Jed Linde is an engaging drama about a man called Charles, whose decisions lead him on a memorable path through life. The book has eight parts, or stories, divided by years, each covering a different period in Charles's distinctive existence. The author lets the reader in on some consequential and important events that shape Charles's outlook on people and, eventually, on himself. By doing so, Charles becomes the epitome of a person who, despite all the hardships, will never give up on trying to live a fulfilled life. From the depths of the desert in trying to discover a mine with his father to lengthy and dangerous stays in Mexico while trying to sort out his situation, finances, and marriage, and exploring mysticism, among other things, Charles experiences his time on earth in the most peculiar and unforgettable ways.

The author brings a level of excitement to Uranium Mine and Other Stories by realistically chronicling the main character's wanderings from his boyhood into adulthood and, eventually, old age. Jed Linde eloquently and with a dash of humor describes Charles's journey as he sometimes struggles, but often finds a way to navigate the relationships and the world around him. A whole set of escapades and adventures that the author so aptly describes are relatable, emotional, human, and full of meaningful lessons that build character. It is a highly recommended read that will surely add something new and unusual to the already imaginative and fun storytelling grounded in reality.