S.J. Varengo


Welcome Home

Welcome Home is a collection of short fiction, with the earliest stories, ("A Moment of Reluctant Faith" and "The 'Terror') dating back to the mid-1980's and the newest ("The Hunters"), from 2016.

Welcome Home - Front Cover

The stories included vary in style and scope. Some are very personal, others rather fanciful, and some are downright heart-wrenching. (There are actual wrenches woven into the narrative).

Those folks kind enough to purchase the book when it first became available in January 2017 were treated to a poorly formatted opus, complete with a few missed typos. A second edition is now availabe.

Praise for Welcome Home

A great debut!, February 11, 2017
A great debut! In the book description, Welcome Home promises to "leave the reader with a...wide range of emotions." And does it ever deliver. The author demonstrates excellent ability to render characters that appeal to something deep inside a reader, causing them to become invested in the narrative and making them actually care what happens! I look forward to more offerings from this fine writer.

Sensational short stories!, January 15, 2017
I love this book! The characters in each story are brought to true life by Mr. Varengo's fluent and descriptive writing. Every one of the stories conveys a range of emotions that are powerful and heartfelt. The author's humor is sometimes sharp and sometimes subtle, but always delightful. My only complaint is that the book came to an end. I highly recommend this book, and anxiously await future volumes.


Engrossing and Enchanting book. Don't miss the opportunity to read it!, January 21, 2017
Welcome Home is an enchanting and engrossing group of short stories that draws the reader into different worlds inhabited by diverse, captivating people. The author is a skilled and proficient writer who has the ability to subtly put the reader into the minds and the essence of his richly developed characters. The stories are overflowing with pathos and I found myself having a visceral reaction to the events as they unfolded. I was so deeply affected by several of the stories that I was compelled to read them several times to enable myself to absorb the beauty of the writing and the depth of the story. I hope that Mr. Varengo enriches us with more of his writing in the future.