PITTSBURGH — Independent Publisher selected Amidst Traffic as an Editor’s Choice Highlighted Title this month from hundreds of submitted entries.
Michel Sauret, the author of Amidst Traffic, was awarded the Army Journalist of the Year title in 2008 for his writing while deployed to Iraq. He released the short story collection in November.
Jim Barnes, awards director for the IPPY Awards, was head of the editorial staff that selected Amidst Traffic for the Editor’s Choice.
According to the Independent Publisher website, “Every issue, Highlighted Titles recognizes the best newly released, independently published titles received by our editorial staff. These books are honored for exhibiting superior levels of creativity, originality, and design and production quality. A Highlighted Title garners well-deserved attention for the book, author, and publisher.”
Amidst Traffic is a collection of short stories with interconnected characters, themes and storylines. The collection is literary in style, holding a touch of suspense and laced with theological undertones. Questions about man’s existence, his relationship with God and redemption appear throughout the book.
Kirkus Reviews called the book, “An ambitious collection of interwoven short stories about negotiating Christian values in a corrupt, violent world.”
BlogCritics called it, “Brilliantly crafted … A unique collection of engaging symbolic poetic prose that challenges the reader to reflect on the potential impact of one life on another.”
IndieReader gave the book a four-star review and stamped it “Indie Reader Approved.”
He was born in Rome, Italy, and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s English Writing Department.
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