Tuesday 26 September 2023

Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility

Finished September 22
Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility by Theodora Armstrong

This collection of stories, some novella length, are all set in British Columbia, and landscape is definitely important to the stories. Characters have surprising depth for the story lengths. The stories are also quite varied in circumstance. 
Rabbit has a girl quietly observing her own troubled family dynamics along with the kidnapping of an older girl on their street where no one responded to her calls for help. 
Fishtail has a father taking his teen daughters away for a weekend where he investigates a possible real estate acquisition
Whale Stories has a boy adjusting to a new house with his mom and younger sister, out of which his mom runs a bed and breakfast for tourists.
In The Art of Eating, a middle-aged restaurant chef, about to become a father for the first time, feels unprepared for this life changing event, even as he struggles with disappointment in his career. 
Thanks to Carin explores the relationship between two sisters who've made different life choices as one makes an impulsive visit to the other.
In The Spider in the Jar, two young brothers with an imbalanced relationship explore the nature surrounding them while one tries to be accepted by the other.
The title story has a novice air traffic controller face an accident and its aftermath.
And in Mosquito Creek, two teen girls test their friendship against the background of first relationships and risky behaviour. 
Interesting and surprising. 

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