Taking Flight

Short Stories of the Unexpected

by Jacques Sardas



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/8/2024

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 8.5x8.5
Page Count : 204
ISBN : 9781665759014
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x8.5
Page Count : 204
ISBN : 9781665759021
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 204
ISBN : 9781665759007

About the Book

Avi has had quite a life. He and his wife, Sara, have lived and traveled all over the world, including some exotic—and occasionally less than hospitable—destinations. He’s also met and befriended some colorful characters, including a man who can get you anything (for a price, of course), a tribal chieftain, an enterprising shopkeeper, a father who mourns a daughter lost at sea, a particularly hard-nosed and nosy businesswoman, and a desperate man who threatens to drive Avi off a cliff. In this collection of fanciful and offbeat stories, you’ll also meet the amorous yet devious Lord and Lady Ryweinster, a talking Amazonian parrot, a champion MMA fighter, and an elderly couple who could have been headliners at a Catskills resort.

At the heart of the collection, however, is the story of the journey Avi takes to a world beyond this one, a fascinating domain where he reunites with his long-deceased mother and two of his siblings. His otherworldly guides help him learn the rules of this unfamiliar, magical realm, and he is able to spend some meaningful moments with the people who were closest to him in childhood and get a glimpse, perhaps, of what lies ahead for us all.

About the Author

Jacques Sardas was born in Alexandria, Egypt, into a Jewish family of Greek and Turkish heritage. After a long career at Goodyear, during which he held executive positions in Brazil, France, and Ohio, he ran several smaller manufacturing companies until his retirement. He lives with his wife of more than sixty-seven years in Dallas, Texas. His previous book, Without Return: Memoirs of an Egyptian Jew 1930–1957, was called “compellingly and charmingly written” by the Jerusalem Post. Taking Flight is his first work of fiction.