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A Ravishing Novel on Heart Surgery and Flashbacks Offers Readers Insightful Realizations

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The heart—a mighty organ entrusted by a Mighty God to perform works vital to enliven a person—in all its supremacy, fails eventually, in one way or another. In a novella by Donald Ray Schwartz entitled “Hearts,” a story about the heart, along with its complexities, is sure to thrill the readers.

On a late summer’s day, Maishe Rosstein, a seventy-year-old man undergoes open-heart triple bypass surgery. He finds it astonishing at how he was granted his life and his second chance at life, both by surgery. Details of his surgery amassed the story’s introduction. At home, after recovering from the ICU, Maishe recounts how, during the procedure, through a glass, he darkly perceived his days entering the Air Force (AF). His duties were flashed before his eyes and the women he had met. The dream was so vivid he feels he lived through them. Flashforward, as he was recovering, he regains new insights about life.

The details of Maishe’s surgery was specially penned skillfully by the writer, not compromising between conceiving to the readers the technicalities of a heart surgery while accompanied by a poetic perspective of the person undergoing such dire situation. The flashbacks also capture the woman’s depths and the character’s overall experiences and realizations that will somehow mirror the readers’ lives.

The exceptional insights from the book are both exhilarating and nostalgic. All readers are compelled to witness Donald’s masterpiece that leaves one thirsty for more.

‘Hearts’ book copies are available at

Writer: Donald Ray Schwartz
Publisher: Authorhouse
Publication Date: December 21, 2018
ISBN-10: 1546270639
ISBN-13: 978-1546270638
Paperback: $13.99
Hardcover: $26.99
Kindle: $2.99
About the Author
Donald Ray Schwartz is an Associate Professor of Speech, Theatre and Mass Communication (ret’d) at Community College of Baltimore County. He has published nearly 200 works—from essays, articles, reviews, criticisms, novellas and non-fiction works. His work, Lillian Russell: A Bio Bibliography, in collaboration with Anne Bowbeer is considered the definitive resource on the late 19th, early 20th centuries chanteuse and a significant contribution to that period of American theater in general. Noah’s Ark: An Annotated Encyclopedia of All the Animal Special in the Hebrew Bible was chosen as the Jewish Book Club Selection of the month in the same year it was published, and is still considered the definitive resource for that subject.

His plays won numerous awards, including Review, that won the Sarasola (Florida) Theatre National Playwriting Contest. His epic poem, The Cross Country Run of Jennifer X Dreifus, won the Mellen National Epic Poetry Contest. His sabbatical monograph about Philo Farnsworth’s invention of television, published by CCBC is available online.

He has skillfully directed and produced over 40 main stage productions including full stage musicals and directed television commercials. He has featured cameo roles in two independent major motion pictures. He was a featured performer for Nebraska Public Television’s industrial film series.

At present, he lives with his loving wife Ann in Baltimore County.

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