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Living Arrangements: Stories Paperback – November 30, 2011
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This collection opens with the clever title story and closes with the beautifully sentimental “Return to Stillbrook Farm.” Both of these stories bookend the stories in between with a certain type of elegance. To put it simply, the collection starts on a high note and ends on a high note.
Crack open this book (read: crack open this book as soon as you can!) and expect to meet a variety of intriguing characters. I was especially enamored by the main character in “Live Model,” who hesitantly models lingerie at the request of her boss, even though this character very well knows that she doesn’t have the looks or the body to be standing in front of that glass window. “The Ballad Solemn of Lady Malena” tells the story of an Olympic-bound ice skater named Annabelle whose late night in a hotel room with a stranger goes awry—awkwardly and quickly, at that. One of my favorites, “The Last Halloween,” is a page-turner through and through. The main character has dressed as Sylvia Plath for the holiday, and readers can’t help but feel as frustrated as this poor little girl when she goes from house to house and has to explain who she is before, eventually, she gives up and just decides to hold up a copy of Plath’s “Ariel.” The story twists and turns in a devastating and lovely fashion, so what you expect to happen is likely what’s not going to happen.Read more ›
Some like, "The Ballad Solemn of Lady Malena" and "The Last Haloween" are harrowing pieces you want to skip over, but can't; whereas "The Second Rule of Yoga" lists questions all of us have but are too ashamed to ask.
Laura Maylene Walter is not like any other short story writer I am familiar with. You almost feel, as a reader, you are writing the content. It connects that well. I couldn't put Living Arrangements down. My only wish is that it were my name as author on the cover.
John Lehman, Rosebud Book Reviews.com