The White Doors
Stories and Anti-stories

by Steven R. Cope

No modern fabulist concocts the contemporary fable with the ease, wit, and sharpness of Steven Cope.

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The White Doors is the third book of fiction from one who has been throughout his life primarily a poet and songwriter. Not surprisingly, Cope’s fiction has the brevity and compactness of his poetry and the hit-and-slash irony and underlying humor of his proverbs. The long, wordy, intricately woven and ponderous narrative is something Cope strictly avoids, choosing rather, even in his fiction, to get right to the point, however submerged or metaphorical that point might be. This book, then, along with The Book of Saws and Sassafras, can be read as a sort of compendium on his poems, a distillation and often playful rendering of the ideas that have occupied him for years.

Steven Cope is the master observer and chronicler of the human condition, whether in poetry, song or, as here, in prose. With satire as black as vintage Vonnegut, with an eye and ear for the details of small-town life that echoes Bradbury, Cope writes like a force of nature, hard-wired to the archetypes of our dreams and dreads. As he confesses in the title story of this collection, he is the consummate outsider, a self-exile beyond the “white doors” of casually lived life. But only an outsider could hold up such a weird and wonderful carnival mirror to that life. Rejoice in these reflections, which Cope delivers with rich humor and genuine affection for all our flaws and foibles. 
— Larry W. Moore, publisher of Broadstone Books (The Furrbawl Poems)
There’s enough flavors and combination of flavors in this collection of short and short-short fiction to satisfy the palate of any reader: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and bittersweet, and the combination of the whole tastes just like pure Kentucky. 
— John Sparks