Review by Gretchen Giles, North Bay Bohemian, of Vintage Voices: Four-Part Harmony, edited by Karen Batchelor, Ana Manwaring and Pat Tyler, published in 2008 by iUniverse.
Writing instructor Marlene Cullen's short sketch of a woman's life, "Hannah Mae," is followed abruptly by James Seamarsh's two-page vignette in a prostitute's room ("Second Story Bedroom"), which in turn is followed by "Beneath the Canopy," Helen Pitt's memoir of a widow taking her young son to the Queensland tropics. With the intimate voice of first person predominating, Vintage Voices gives a palimpsestic glimpse into the lives of our neighbors that is well worth searching out. �G.G.