5-star reviews for Flowering and Other Stories, a 16-story short-story collection Do yourself a favor and buy two copies. One for yourself and one for someone you care about.Bob PooleTom Bentley has a very vivid and picturesque way of writing. I was easily drawn into each story. The stories were absorbing, captivating and made for enjoyable reading.Cecillia - Goodreads reviewTom has a way of phrasing things, of animating words, of holding images hostage to his whip of ink that make reading his short stories a physical as well as emotional, visual and mental experience.Becky Blanton
From the Author
is a collection of stories built around the themes of loss, social disruption, mistaken judgment and stumbling redemption. From a shoplifting sociopathic genius to a card-dealing witch offering a mystical experience at the blackjack tables to a harsh drunk who turns out to be a malignant--yet chillingly accurate--soothsayer, the story's lead characters are complex and not always charming, but their colors are memorably bright.
Location also figures significantly in other stories: settings in suburban Seattle, a bleak Arizona desert town and a tiny cottage in New Orleans all draw deeply on the native textures of their territories. From flash fiction to richly woven tales, Flowering invites you into distinct worlds, all built on story.