Publisher's Note:  

"Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out Late at Night" brings a number of Shelly Lowenkopf's previously published short stories together in a single volume. Lowenkopf is best known as a master instructor of fiction writing and a book editor. He taught for over thirty years at the University of Southern California, and now at the noted College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. All the while, he's been publishing these short gems. All the stories revolve around life in Santa Barbara, the oceanside city north of Los Angeles, where people go after they've burned out in San Francisco and L.A. But there's no safe haven anywhere. Interwoven into Santa Barbara's picturesque setting, the people in these twelve stories reveal what their hearts and souls encounter in relationships. Their misreadings, mistakes, and misadventures bare what happens to people who love another.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by White Whisker Books

Love Will Make You Drink & Gamble, Stay Out at Night

by Shelly Lowenkopf

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In this book of short stories, I was bombarded by accounts of fictional characters who were in love, out of love, or trying to fall in love...or any combination of those three things. This made for some interesting stories and perspectives. I used to pride myself in not being vulnerable--some might say I was cold-hearted. I like to think I was protecting myself. Though some of the stories in this book were far from anything I have ever experienced, I did enjoy reading them. Women and men alike seduce each other with elegant meals or revealing clothes. These stories gave me, as a reader, a glimpse into the lives of single women who are searching for love in all the wrong places, and men who hang out at bars trying to pick up any lady who crosses their path--an interesting perspective, to be sure.


If you are in the mood for a light read that is easy to pick up and set down, as the chapters and stories are so short, this book is a fun one. I am not a huge fan of romance novels, and though this book has the romance-y feel to it, it is not just a romance novel. It is a book filled with heartfelt stories about the power of love. I think that is something we can all read more about.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  5 religious exclamations; 8 mild obscenities; 2 derogatory names; 2 anatomical terms; 5 F-Word derivatives


Violence/Gore:  A man is mentioned to have died; a woman is harassed verbally.


Sex/Nudity:  Sex is referenced several times; a man and woman have sex in one brief scene with no explicit detail; men and women flirt; a woman dresses seductively to get the attention of a man; a couple is mentioned to be sleeping together.

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Love, personal crises, death.

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Adults drink; adults smoke.

Reviewed By Lydia
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