Years from now a Ph.D. student writing about the culture of the Occupy Movement will surely point to Occupy & Other Love Stories as an example of the fiction that emerged from the protests against Wall Street immorality and criminality. It’s also fiction that stands on its own merits without ties to Occupy or any social movement.
- Jonah Raskin North Bay Bohemian
With his wool cap and stubbly beard flecked with gray, the 51-year-old author looks a lot like the ordinary heroes he writes about in his short stories, regular folks who hold down jobs as teachers and counselors, grocery clerks and janitors. There is a whiff of despair about these characters, as they struggle through a gauntlet of broken marriages, needy friends and aging parents. But like the author’s piercing blue eyes, the stories also convey a playful sense of humor and honesty that is astonishingly wise and clear-eyed.
- Diane Peterson Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Chekhov, Joyce, Borges, William Trevor, Grace Paley, Alice Munro, all give us epiphanies, fleeting wonders of life as in no other form but poetry....I think Dan Coshnear’s book has that unity, that every story in Occupy & Other Love Stories is held together by a diffused, long sigh of regret for dreams lost or deferred, much like last year’s Occupy movement the title story and collection is named for.
- Barbara Baer Redwood Coast Review