reviews: A Little Chatter
by Indie Reader
A LITTLE CHATTER is a collection of short stories about coming-of-age, family relationships, and how a single, often seemingly inconsequential moment can resonate over the course of a person’s life. Terry Connell’s characters are richly detailed and relatable, his plots spare but meaningful. This is a quietly moving read with sharp insight into the human condition.
by Amos Lassen
I must admit that I am not much of a short story reader and I have never understood why. I suppose that I prefer to be engaged with plot and characters for longer periods of time. Yet, every once in a while, I come across a collection of stories in which each one pulls me in and doesn’t let me know and this was the case with Terry Connell’s “A Little Chatter”. Each story totally stands alone with unique characters and plot yet they are all tied together by the familiarity we find in them. After all, do we not all challenge the way things are.
by Grady Harp
A LITTLE CHATTER – one splendid volume of observations of the world in the form of short stories that are so rich in reverie and philosophy of the accessible kind that reading the book increases our appreciation for this gifted writer. Reminiscences, touches of history, tales of romantic notions, fun stories, foibles, challenging decisions and sensitive observations that, when combined, offer a menu of life that is wholly delectable.
The writing throughout the book is eloquent, sincere, poetic, and enthralling – a generous man’s contribution to our entertainment and our happiness. Or as said before, ‘Terry Connell is an author to watch. He overflows with talent just as he comes across as a completely compassionate human being.’ Very highly recommended.
interviews: A Little Chatter
press: Slaves to the Rhythm
EdgeBoston.com, May, 17, 2011:
“If there were a gay teen reading my book, my hope is they identify with the strength and courage I found,” Connell continued. “The ’It Gets Better campaign’ is absolutely true. But I think the reality is–it doesn’t always get better in the ways we want, or expect. Or,” the author added, “on our timeline. But the friends I have met–the family I have grown into–they are the reason I am here today living this amazing life. A life, and a lifestyle, I never could have imagined 25 years ago.” Read more
Slaves to the Rhythm chosen as one of The Advocate Magazine’s “What to Read”, March, 2011:
“In this raw, stirring memoir, Connell recalls coming of age as a repressed gay kid in a devout Irish Catholic family and his eventual meeting with his lover, Stephan, who would die of AIDS complications. Through his journal writings, the author shares the extraordinary courage and strength he summoned to care for his partner during their final year together as they began to gradually surrender their lives each day.”
WBUR/Radio Boston interview with Anthony Brooks, March, 30, 2011:
Slaves to the Rhythm is a story about love, death and personal discovery. The book is actually two stories: one, a set of journal entries about the slow death from AIDS of Connell’s partner, Stefan, in the 1990s. The other, a series of vignettes from Connell’s childhood and coming of age in a Philadelphia suburb. Read more and listen to the interview
Bay Windows Profile – February 9, 2011:
When Terry Connell received a copy of his family tree in early 2009, he knew that he had to finally publish his book. In Connell’s opinion, his father had omitted an important name from the tree: Stephan, his partner, who had died of AIDS-related illnesses in 1993. Although Connell’s relationship with his huge Irish Catholic family — he has ten siblings — had improved over the years, he was still hurt that his father had neglected to include the love of his life on the family document. Read more
reviews: Slaves to the Rhythm
By Amos Lassen
By Grady Harp