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Sunday, December 2, 2012


The Awakening & Other StoriesThe Awakening & Other Stories by Emma Meade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of The Awakening & Other Stories
5 stars

What a delight! Able to peruse in one sitting, yet with themes and characters, events and situations, that will linger long in the reader’s mind as food for thought, and quite possibly, as impetus to change. Among my absolute favourites in this short story collection are “End of the Line” (no way am I not going to include as favourite a story involving death and trains); “The Knocking” (the author has a really clever understanding of those who are near the short end of life: age 70’s to 90’s, as is seen here and in “The Old Vampire,” which cut to the heart!); “Ghost Story” (heartfelt); “Snowglobes” (unforgettable); and “The Boy at the Beach,” which is desirable both for its process, and for the deep relationship between the girl and her late grandmother.

What can I say? These stories are all clearly the process of deep thought, of enriched understanding of people; and of the knowledge that at any moment, life is not always what we think we see, touch, or hear.

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