Sunday, August 21, 2016

Nine Times November 11, 1918

Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War


It isn't often that a group of authors come together to make a collection of short stories. From what I can see, most collections with various authors are ones that a publisher collected, often from a slew of single-author collections. In this case, the publishers seem to have enlisted nine of their most talented historical fiction writers with a challenge - write a short story that includes both of these two elements: love and November 11, 1918.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

A Fantastical Fable

Little Nothing by Marisa Silver


In one of the more beautifully written books I've ever read, Silver brings us a story that blends fantasy with reality into a hybrid fable of the weird and the wonderful, of loss and of love and so much more.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Maine Women Stories

Goodnight, Beautiful Women by Anna Noyes


This is a collection of short stories all surrounding women living near the coast of New England. Debut author Noyes brings us such varied stories as a woman watching her husband go crazy before disappearing, the life-long guilt of one girl's childhood lie, disastrous affairs and a troubled mother trying to escape her loving boyfriend with her daughter.

On the publisher's website, it says, "With novelistic breadth and a quicksilver emotional intelligence, Noyes explores the ruptures and vicissitudes of growing up and growing old, and shines a light on our most uncomfortable impulses while masterfully charting the depths of our murky desires." I can certainly agree with much of this statement, particularly about Noyes showing us uncomfortable impulses and murky desires. The publisher also called it, "Dark and brilliant, rhythmic and lucid…" and I must agree with the dark, rhythmic and lucid parts, and while I found this book to be very interesting, I'm not sure if I would call it brilliant.