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Like Chekhov’s short stories, Laura Weddle’s writing proves that all literature is local somewhere, and all great stories are happening right around us. In Better than My Own Life, Weddle’s subjects are nearly always women whose career (teacher or mother), economic station (lower middle class) and region (the rural South) render them invisible in literature as in life. Many of the stories in this collection revolve around people who have lost or might lose the thing they love best. When tragedy arrives unexpectedly, it is both inevitable and impossible to comprehend, as are the ordinary losses and disappointments these quiet stories render. But love and forgiveness arrive just as unexpectedly and are equally impossible to credit. Or so Laura Weddle’s stories teach us, and in this teaching rise above mere writing to live in the reader’s mind and heart.
—Leatha Kendrick, author of Second Opinion

Laura Weddle’s stories in Better than My Own Life show an acute awareness of the human condition; and, as one of Weddle’s characters in “Epiphanies” says, “The awful, unbearable irony of it all.” Weddle reflects an insight into people from various walks of life and an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of everyone. Her poignant stories help us to understand her characters so well that the reader perhaps knows them “better than my own life.” Her characters, who remain with us long after we read about them, remind us that loving involves both embracing others and letting them go when we must.
—Mary Bozeman Hodges, author of Tough Customers

Weddle’s subject is love—remembered, gone awry, cherished, broken—and her vision is witty, complex, and tough. The stories in Better than My Own Life have a heart-felt power. They’ll stay with you long after the last page is turned.
—George Ella Lyon, author of Many-Storied House


About the Author

Laura Weddle

Laura Weddle and her husband, Leo, live in Somerset, Kentucky. Since her retirement as a Professor of Humanities from the University of Kentucky Community College System, Laura has published many stories in national and regional literary magazines and a collection of short stories, People Like Us (Wind, 2008).