Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Book Review & Giveaway Appearances and Other Stories by Margo Krasne
Appearances and Other Stories by Margo Krasne
In this debut collection, Krasne wields insightful irony and cathartic black humor to illuminate her themes of loss, yearning and survival, bringing to it a biting female perspective. An adept stylist with an ear for dialogue and an eye for personal foibles, Krasne cleverly captures the distinct voices of her characters as they strive to negotiate the subtle and not-so-subtle minefields of family obligation and personal conflict. She has a knack for getting inside her characters’ heads as they strive to keep up appearances. Readers will most surely recognize themselves, their friends and family members in all of these beautifully rendered stories.
I loved reading Appearances and Short Stories.The first section in the collection of Stories centers around the main character Alice each chapter reflect a different stage of her and her not so perfect Family's life.Alice comes from a Jewish Family in New York her Father keeps his distance emotionally from her and her mother is a perfectionist of sorts.I found the stories both sad and a bit humorous at times and really felt bad for Alice.The other Stories were just as good but there is something about Alice's character that draws you in and keeps you thinking long after reading her story.I also love the fact you can read each story separately or all together because they all tie in together.
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(Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book in order to facilitate a honest review,All opinions expressed are 100% my own)