Sunday 19 March 2017

The Redemption of Galen Pike

Finished March 19
The Redemption of Galen Pike: Short Stories by Carys Davies

This new short story collection by British writer Carys Davies is a gem. A short book containing seventeen diverse stories, some of them merely a page long, surprises with insight and wit. The stories range in setting from rural Australia to Siberia to small-town Colorado to northern England. The time of the action changes from historical to modern.
Davies won the 2015 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and it is easy to see why. Her writing is highly skilled, emotive, and insightful using no more words than needed to tell us the story. The stories are short but complex. The tales are ones that moved me. I never knew what the story would bring me, but I was always satisfied by the thought-provoking tale it told.
Highly recommended.

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