Friday, 2 July 2010

Short Stories

Finished June 14
Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger: New and Selected Stories by Lee Smith
Stories with settings in the American South dealing with relationships, family, and how we all deal with what life brings to us. It is characters that are Smith's strong point. They come alive for the reader. They are us, our friends, our neighbours. The things that happen in their lives are things we are familiar with and can relate to. People get married, have babies, break up, and die. There are so many of the stories that I loved that I would be hard pressed to choose a favourite. What I do know is that this is a writer I want more of and will be seeking out her earlier books.
What is ordinary, she illuminates in a way that is unexpected, yet rings true every time.

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