Saturday, February 27, 2010

This is a short story book written in a nice, commanding voice. It has good grammar, a grasp on language, and a pleasant narrative tone. The writer offers a variety of stories, some long, some short, some in the first person, some in the third person, etc. I particularly enjoyed "Petey," about a young vet treating a dead parrot. You can feel the vet's inexperience as he tried to deal with the parrot, which has caught his finger in its beak in a death grip. It is bumbling and funny. Likewise, "Katherine and Marlene" is a touching story of two homeless women who share a brief friendship before one freezes to death.

Mainstream Judge: 13

Writer’s Digest, 17th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards Commentary