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From a girl being comforted by a loyal stray dog to the inspiration found from a waterfall, from a Grammy-winning musician to a girl with her viola, from a hard-working father to the pleasure of spotting sparrows in any backyard, Soul to Soul: Tiny Stories of Hope and Resilience takes readers of all ages and backgrounds on a journey through moments that provide jolts of hope and inspiration for resilience (as well as the occasional surprise). Authored by award-winning writer Faye Rapoport DesPres and beautifully illustrated by European artist Anya Lauchlan, this special collection of 100-word stories can sit on your coffee table or by the bedside. It can be carried in your backpack for moments of inspiration or prompt lively discussions in your book club. With nods to the natural world, animals, and diverse communities, Soul to Soul is a perfect gift book for anyone seeking a lift -- a welcome addition to any book collection.


Soul To Soul is a scintillating commentary that masquerades as a short story collection. Comprised of one hundred stories, many of which are beautifully illustrated, this literary masterpiece cuts deep into the heart of everyone who reads it. 

It's skillful composition and prose are surmounted only by Faye's ability to distill the complexities of human emotion into bite sized drabbles that remind every reader that life is more than it seems. 


  • 100 stories

  • 100 words each

  • 32 beautiful illustrations 

  • Available in hardcover or paperback

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Faye Rapoport DesPres
Faye Rapoport DesPres

Faye Rapoport DesPres was born in New York City and moved upstate with her family when she was six. An animal lover who brought home numerous strays, she took horseback riding lessons, swam at the local lake, and skied on the nearby mountains. As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, she learned early on to stand up for causes and became a champion of both animals and human underdogs. Learn more about Faye and read her blog at

Anya Lauchlan
Anya Lauchlan

Anya Lauchlan, a Master's degree holder in Art & Publishing Design, is an accomplished artist with a rich artistic lineage. Trained by a disciple of Marc Chagall, she draws inspiration from the esteemed School of Paris art tradition. Anya's captivating creations have been showcased in prestigious exhibitions worldwide. You can see more of Anya's work at

Mariam Kobras

"Faye is one of the best writers I’ve read. Her style is poetic, lyrical, observant, and lush, but never excessive, never florid. Her sentences have a lovely cadence, a natural flow, that make them dance easily through the reader’s mind."

James Anderson

Award-winning author of The Never-Open Desert Diner and Lullaby Road

"In Soul To Soul Faye Rapoport DesPres succeeds in giving us the smallest of perfect comforts wrapped in mystery and compassion. Each (very) brief story

resonates beyond its few words to become a kind of meditation, directing us inward but taking us forward in new ways. These short journeys are joys to savor."

Lisa Gott

"DesPres is a true artist. Her writing is exquisite and it is obvious she was exceedingly careful in selecting each and every word before painting them onto the page. And the whole experience the reader is afforded, and that is exactly what it is, an experience, is one that lingers long after the last page is turned."

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