Today I’m bringing you a review of a collection of short stories, not my usual type of read but something I thought I would try as I’m always open to trying new things with my reading.
Blurb: Separated From the Sea is the debut short story collection from award-winning author, Amanda Huggins.
Crossing oceans from Japan to New York and from England to Havana, these stories are filled with a sense of yearning, of loss, of not quite belonging, of not being sure that things are what you thought they were. They are stories imbued with pathos and irony, humour and hope.
Evie meets a past love but he’s not the person she thinks he is; a visit to the most romantic city in the world reveals the truth about an affair; Satseko discovers an attentive neighbour is much more than that; Eleanor’s journey on the London Underground doesn’t take her where she thought it would.
My Review: I don’t tend to read many short stories and when I do they are usually by authors I already know but this collection appealed to me when I read the blurb so I decided to take a chance on it.
The stories are very short, much shorter than I expected, and all on quite different subjects so there is a lot of variety. Some of the stories I read I thoroughly enjoyed but sadly others left me cold. There were some that I read wondering what was coming next and others I read wondering what the story was about and at the end of it was still no wiser.
As I’ve said there is a variety of stories so if you don’t enjoy one there will be others that you do enjoy and that’s one of the bonuses of a collection of stories this length, there is likely to be something to suit everyone’s tastes.
About the author:
A selection of her short fiction is showcased in the InkTears anthology, Death of a Superhero, and her first collection of flash fiction, Brightly Coloured Horses (Chapeltown Books), is now available on Kindle and in paperback.
Mandy’s first full length short story collection, Separated From the Sea, will be published by Retreat West Books on June 2nd 2018.
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