Written over a span of three decades, these twelve short stories by
Jefferson Flanders explore themes of memory, family, faith, and love
against a distinctly American landscape.
"Café Carolina and Other Stories" introduces the reader to the varied
worlds of its memorable characters.
A waitress in a small-town restaurant invents a romantic backstory for
the secretive couple in the last booth. A burnt-out relief worker
returns from Africa to find himself drawn to the New England landscape
of his childhood. A retired military aviator clashes over Cold War
politics with the guests at a Princeton dinner party. A preacher’s son
visits Jerusalem on a pilgrimage that his father hopes will revive his
With humor and compassion these stories address the simple joys and
complex challenges of life at century’s turn.