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.

About Margo Krasne:

Margo Krasne, born and raised in Manhattan, has always led two lives. As a radio advertising producer, she sculpted; as a sculptor, she was an extra in commercials, and for the past 24 years, as a communications coach and author of Say it with Confidence, she writes fiction whenever possible.
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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)


  1. Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm glad you enjoyed Appearances so much!

  2. This sounds like a different sort of collection and I'd be interested in meeting the estimable Alice as well. Please enter my name in the draw.

  3. I love short stories! I enjoy reading so much but sometimes it takes too long to get through a novel because I work 6 days a week. Short stories are great because I can get my reading fix and not worrying about forgetting what happened last by the time I get to pick the book up again. This one sounds really interesting.

  4. I love short stories as well. I work and host my own blog and so I try to read whenever I have down time between that and my two children. This one sounds good!

  5. This sounds like a very interesting collection!