Christopher T. Werkman, a life-long Toledo area resident, will read from and sign, Girlfriending, his newly published collection of short stories at Gathering Volumes book store Sunday, November 12, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Gathering Volumes is located at 196 E. South Boundary St., Perrysburg, OH 43551.
Girlfriending is a collection of funny, sad, and occasionally bizarre stories of people beginning, ending, or finding a way through some type of romantic relationship. Stories include:
*A detective known for bold courage on the job deals with mental and physical abuse by his trophy wife.
*A woman strives to overcome the PTSD she brought back from battlefields in Iraq so she can become a loving partner.
*In the title story, a socially dysfunctional Toledo Jeep worker “girlfriends” women he “meets” in obituaries.
From liaisons that are real to those that are imaginary or somewhere between, Werkman skillfully creates characters who find themselves in situations that will fascinate and amuse. Girlfriending has received 5-star reviews on Reader’s Favorite and Amazon’s web sites. Rogue Phoenix Press, Werkman’s publisher, also published his novel, Difficult Lies, in 2015.
Christopher T. Werkman was born in Toledo and graduated from Perrysburg High School. After attending Adrian College, Werkman taught art for 30 years for Washington Local Schools. After retiring from Whitmer High School, he was an adjunct instructor in art education at University of Toledo. Werkman still paints, but his passion is writing fiction. He and his partner, Karen, live on a few acres near Haskins, Ohio. Werkman painted the image used on the front cover in 1983, and it won First Award/Painting in The Toledo Area Artist’s Exhibition.
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