New Release: Universally Adored and Other One Dollar Stories from Elizabeth Bruce and Vine Leaves Press


Congratulations to Elizabeth Bruce and Vine Leaves Press on the release of Universally Adored and Other One Dollar Stories, a collection that gives the reader 33 ways of looking at a dollar via bittersweet stories of resilience and defiance.

★★★★★ “A deeply gifted writer.” ~Richard Bausch, Winner, PEN/Malamud & Rea Awards for the Short Story

Universally Adored and Other One Dollar Stories

NEW RELEASE: January 30, 2024
Genre: Short Story Collections, Literary Fiction
Paperback: $17.99
Ebook: $4.99  

In Universally Adored and Other One Dollar Stories, Elizabeth Bruce gives readers 33 ways of looking at a dollar. Her empathetic, humorous, and disarming embrace of plain-spoken people searching for a way out, charms and provokes.

In “Universally Adored,” a color-obsessed artist draws a facsimile of a dollar—a masterpiece universally adored—to win her girlfriend back. While checking for spare change in the laundry in “Bald Tires,” a Tennessee housewife with a malcontent husband finds an unused condom in his Sunday trousers. In “The Forgiveness Man,” a runaway teen with a newborn follows a vagabond healer absolving the bedraggled godless through hugs of forgiveness. And in “Magic Fingers," a ladies’ room attendant tracked down by her abusive ex finds refuge in a cheap motel with a 1970s era bed massager. 

Riffing on the intimate object of a dollar, Bruce’s humane short fictions—from a great mashed potato war to the grass Jesus walked on—ring with the exquisite voices of characters in analog worlds.

Praise for Universally Adored and Other One Dollar Stories
★★★★★ “Elizabeth Bruce’s stories have that rare quality of feeling as though they have always existed, the way the best stories always do.” ~John McNally, author of The Book of Ralph: A Novel

★★★★★ “A remarkable tapestry around a shockingly familiar starting point, this collection brings us new ways of seeing ourselves and the constellations of our closest relationships. It’s breathtaking.” ~David A. Taylor, author of Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America

★★★★★ “A gifted storyteller... Just how far can one dollar take a person? You’d be amazed.” ~Naomi Ayala, author of Calling Home: Praise Songs & Incantations

★★★★★ “[Elizabeth] writes thoughtfully and elegantly about the pain and beauty of being alive.” ~Eric Stover, Faculty Director, UC Human Rights Center, Co-Producer, PBS documentary, “Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten”

About the Author
Washington-DC-based Texas author Elizabeth Bruce’s debut novel, And Silent Left the Place, won Washington Writers’ Publishing House’s Fiction Award and distinctions from ForeWord Magazine and Texas Institute of Letters. She’s published in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malawi, India, Yemen, and The Philippines, A co-founder of Sanctuary Theatre, her bilingual book, CentroNia’s Theatrical Journey Playbook: Introducing Science to Early Learners through Guided Pretend Play, garnered four indie awards. She’s received DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and McCarthey Dressmfriean Education Foundation Fellowships and studied with Richard Bausch, Lee K. Abbott, Janet Peery, John McNally, and Liam Callanan. Discsover more at
About the Publisher
Vine Leaves Press likes to blur the line between commercial and experimental works. They publish book-length vignette collections, writing reference books, short story collections, memoir/autobiography, and character-driven novels with a literary bent.​ Subscribe to the Vine Leaves Press newsletter to receive FREE advanced review copies of upcoming new releases, news about their authors and subscribers, and/or to read the monthly opinion column, SPILL IT! or a daily dose of 50-word stories. Learn more at

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