Seasons of Affection

by Jim Shields

Seasons of Affection

This new collection of short stories from Larne author, Jim Shields, explores the cares, life’s and loves of his hometown’s inhabitants across the generations. 

These are the people you could meet on any day in any town. But the folk within Seasons of Affection all live in the author’s home town. A small, ordinary town inhabited by ordinary people, busy with the everyday task of living.

Yet within the stories that span a century or more, is a central thread of caring; for partners and children, for wider family and friends. For the town itself; its heritage and history. Each of the characters is also searching for friendship, independence, affection, love and self-respect. As the seasons in the natural world transition in colour and personality, so too do the ordinary people in this ordinary town, revealing their hidden needs and their hidden selves in the pursuit of happiness. From tales set within the pandemic, as young and old feel their way through a dramatically changing world bedeviled by fake news, to tales from the Victorian era, it seems that the season may pass, but our affections remain true.

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