In his three novellas, In Short Measures, Strong Conspirators, and Sally Forth, Michael Ruhlman delves deeply into the nuanced complexity of romantic and sexual love - and the inevitable evolution of the heart over the span of years and decades. Each novella asks questions about the nature of love in terms of loyalty and fidelity - what are one's obligations toward one's spouse, one's family, and one's heart?
In the first novella, In Short Measures, these questions are bound up in a writer's work and a long-ago love. In the second, Strong Conspirators, an unforeseen, cataclysmic event calls for responses from a husband and wife that have never been rehearsed because they have never been required nor even imagined. In Sally Forth, a pair of old friends is forced to explore lost youth and lost love relative to maturity, marriage, and the passage of time.
Profoundly thought provoking and satisfying, these novellas are beautifully written, with plot twists from beginning to end that will captivate the listener.
What members say
- rosalinda lam
I'm so glad I gave this book a chance!
If you could sum up In Short Measures in three words, what would they be?
3 stories about love and regret and the things we don't appreciate when we are young that come back to haunt us in the future
What other book might you compare In Short Measures to and why?
I really can't think of any book to compare it with because it is usually not the kind of book I read. I usually like plot driven novels and I stay away from romance. That is why I'm so happy I gave this book a chance. I loved the three stories and the characters and the very simple very realistic plot.
Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?
I really liked Grimsley in the first Novella. She is so real and I felt everything she was feeling.
If you could take any character from In Short Measures out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Sally Forth! She seems like a lot of fun
Any additional comments?
I'm looking forward to the next Michael Ruhlman book and I might even try one of his cooking books. I was actually very surprised when I goggled him to found out he usually doesn't write Novellas! I think he should write a lot more of those because he is very good at it.
Beautiful in parts
Would you listen to In Short Measures again? Why?
This is one I'll revisit. Beautiful in parts, engaging always. Three linked tales borrowing themes and identities, carefully knitted together.