Douglas   Bosack

​                 Douglas          Bosack

Dreams Can Come True

Einstein was Right - Everything Relatives 

. . . loved it! . . . great characters, structure, and design . . . royowen
. . . fantastic story! . . . love weird stories like this! . . . very well written . . . flowed      expertly! . . .can't wait for more of your work! . . . alexander3571
. . . man, what a story! . . . you have a strong style . . . your stories are interesting . . . I         really enjoyed it . . . very good job! . . . look forward to more . . . balance
. . . oh, how I laughed when I read the last line . . . very well done . . . Einstein was right,    indeed . . . Isn't that funny! . . . janilou
. . . captivating and imaginative . . . highly original . . .  would love to see finished version of your book . . .it needs to be published . . . please finish it for me, lol . . . nmills. . . brilliantly perceptive and observationally wise . . . royowen
. . . ten out of ten for originality . . . rebekah

Reviewed by: Christa Hill

Douglas Bosack builds richly imaged worlds and tangible imagery of pla ​ces that I have never been in his collection titled The Great Lakes Plaza and Other Short Stories. In the story ‘A Victim of Circumstance’ he pulled me into the landscape where Frank is with his descriptions of the ocean water, birds, and boats. The story is literally named and was engaging from start to finish.

These stories have well-crafted characters that speak to each person’s inner dreamer, hero, cowboy, and child. I would describe Bosack’s stories as spunky and heartfelt. As a reader I connected with the author’s sense of humor and ability to see beyond the surface, conveying a range of details through his descriptions. Though the stories had rich imagery, many of them told very sad stories. The characters are believable and well developed, being both credible and sensitive.

The popular culture references were well placed and particularly well chosen. Each story is a roller coaster in and of itself; it would be nice to see some of these stories built into novels as they contain enough fodder for a fuller read. The writing was clear and grammatically correct. I enjoyed how the author changes a person from story to story.While I am not a huge fan of reading first person I do think that it served the purpose of building suspense and forcing us to engage with the actions taking place in the world of the story. The story “Ciao” has the feel of a play translated into a short story.

On the whole, I would praise David Bosack’s work as a well-written book of short stories which are at times somewhat depressing, they do have characters in each story that we can relate to. In the future, I would be interested in seeing Bosack write in different genres because he is very skilled at developing characters and creating a vivid world for all to enjoy. 

Reviewed by: Susan Milam

Douglas Bosack’s The Great Lakes Plaza and Other Short Stories grapples with – among other things – guilt and redemption, religion and atheism, the relationships between parents and their children as well as the demons brought on by alcoholism and
racism. Frequently, the bonds of family and friends and the complex dynamics between husbands and wives come into play. Often, the characters find themselves dealing with the disparities between their romantic ideals and imperfect reality. In addition, the book
contains two excerpts from Mr. Bosack’s novel in progress, Caduceus, which appears to explore the same themes.

“A Victim of Circumstance,” the story that opens this collection, sets the tone and themes of the book. The reader plunges immediately into a world of decisions and their consequences. “Dreams Can Come True,” the second entry in the book, introduces the
theme of romantic dreams coming into conflict with everyday love. “Carl and Lynnette” and “Basement Monsters” offer two sides of the parent/child relationship coin. Mr. Bosack shows a more playful side with “The Short-Order Cook” and “The Policeman.”
“Ciao” and “Omar’s” give a taste of Mr. Bosack’s novel, which appears to develop the themes of his short stories from several intriguing angles. The collection’s final selection, “The Great Lakes Plaza,” reiterates the themes of marital/romantic
relationships and the costs of choices. As in “Basement Monsters,” the supernatural takes a hand in the proceedings.

Mr. Bosack knows his characters well and shows a sure hand when giving them their voices. He develops his various themes from numerous angles. At times, parents take center stage, at other times children are the ones in the spotlight. The pleasures and
dangers of drinking are seen from the viewpoints of those trying to overcome theirs over consumption and those who have surrendered to their demons. The many ugly faces of racism are battled, and as in life, the good guys don’t always come out on top.
By refusing to end all of his stories happily, Mr. Bosack gives them credibility, and he forces the reader to think about the characters’ choices. Midway through the book, Mr. Bosack inserts short reads that depart from the tone of the previous selections while
carrying the same themes; these stories give the reader, even more, perspectives from which to consider the central ideas. Readers should be aware that Mr. Bosack doesn’t shy away from profanity as well as sexual and other adult situations. However, his
authorial choices are made for the sake of character, story, and theme, rather than being gratuitous.

The Great Lakes Plaza and Other Short Stories explores complicated concepts deeply and passionately. At times, readers may recognize themselves, their significant others and their friends and family in the characters Mr. Bosack brings to life. Additionally, the stories may make readers examine and re-examine their views about their relationships and the world around them. For those willing to make these explorations, reading The Great Lakes Plaza and Other Short Stories will be time well spent.