In Short Measures: Three Novellas by Michael Ruhlman
In his three novellas, “In Short Measures,” “Strong Conspirators,” and “Sally Forth,” Michael Ruhlman delves deeply into the nuanced complexity of romantic and sexual love—and the inevitable evolution of the heart over the span of years and decades.
Each novella asks questions about the nature of love in terms of loyalty and fidelity—what are one’s obligations toward one’s spouse, one’s family, and one’s heart? In the first novella, “In Short Measures,” these questions are bound up in a writer’s work and a long-ago love. In the second, “Strong Conspirators,” an unforeseen, cataclysmic event calls for responses from a husband and wife that have never been rehearsed because they have never been required nor even imagined. In “Sally Forth,” a pair of old friends is forced to explore lost youth and lost love relative to maturity, marriage, and the passage of time.
Profoundly thought-provoking and satisfying, these novellas are beautifully written with plot twists from beginning to end that will captivate the reader.
Michael Ruhlman is the bestselling author of more than twenty books that have sold more than two million copies combined. These include The Making of a Chef, The Soul of a Chef, Ratio, Egg, and the James Beard Award–winning Ruhlman’s Twenty. This is his fiction debut. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
Praise for In Short Measures:
“This is a literary achievement of the first order.” —Ann Hood, award-winning and bestselling author of The Knitting Circle
“A bestselling food writer tries his hand at fiction. . . . The rarely seen but quite enjoyable novella form serves this maiden effort well.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Ruhlman’s trio is a worthy read.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“In Short Measures is a propulsively well-written trio of novellas linked by a sense of loss and an inquiry into the impossible past. Ruhlman’s voice is poetic and visceral, and his characters feel both familiar and strange in the way of the best fiction. This is a richly layered book, full of surprises and pleasures.” —Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction