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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Rose And Freedom Books (November 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956410103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956410108
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,354,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maria Savva lives and works in London. She studied Law at Middlesex University and The College of Law. She is a lawyer, although not currently practising law. She writes novels and short stories in different genres, including drama, psychological thriller, and family saga. Many of her books and stories are inspired by her years working as a lawyer, although she has not written a courtroom drama to date. She has published five novels, the most recent of which is Haunted, a crime fiction/psychological thriller. Far Away In Time is her sixth and most recent collection of short stories. You can find out more about her work at her official website: http://www.mariasavva.com

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Bauer on November 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
In this collection of short stories, Savva has captured the essence of her characters in a well-paced, gripping mannerism. One of the most difficult tasks for an author when writing a short story is to be compelling enough to complete the story in novel magnitude, but with minimal words. There's no room for building up the background surrounding the characters and their stories. Savva has mastered the technique with ease.

The characters are realistic, the stories are attention grabbing and the detailed depth of the scenes are by far some of the best I've seen, and all done with a poetic justice of sorts. Each story is wrapped around a color found in rainbows, a most unusual and brilliant concept.

I'd highly recommend this read and give it 5 Stars!

Reviewed by Cindy Bauer
The Memory Box Trilogy (Chasing Memories, Shades of Blue and Crystal Clear)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Quentin R. Bufogle on January 9, 2010
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It's hard to write a really good short story. An entire collection of them harder still. I'm certain you could rattle off the names of 5 great novelists without stopping to draw a breath -- but how about naming 5 masters of the short story . . .? I rest my case.

While sweating-out a novel is no stroll in the park, It does afford one the time and scope to lay the foundation of back story; develop character; create atmosphere. With the short story, it's strictly a case of hit the mark or miss the board completely; often with the literary equivalent of a single dart. Remind me never to play darts with Maria Savva.

In 'Pieces of a Rainbow,' Savva's first collection of short stories, the British author has demonstrated that she's not only a first-rate novelist, but a master of the shorter form as well. My favorite "piece" is a story titled 'Forever Blue': A recently jilted man and woman, each vacationing with friends at the beach, form a strange connection -- though they never actually meet. I remember once being bowled over by a John Cheever story, when the author suddenly, and seamlessly, shifted the narrative to relate an event still to occur in a particular character's future; how masterfully juxtaposing present and future in a few brief sentences, almost magically transformed a short story into something approaching the depth of a novel. It's a rare narrative sleight-of-hand which Savva has worked well. But all the stories in this inspired collection hit the mark.

"One day I will find the right words," Wrote Jack Kerouac, "And they will be simple." Maria Savva has found the right words. And they are wonderful.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jerald E. Travis on November 28, 2009
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Two young girls poison their souls for life by keeping the secret of how they accidentally burned down a house, with its occupants (a mother and baby) disappearing in the fire. Will they ever be able to come to terms with what they've done? A single mom struggles to raise her two children, a boy and a girl, in a neighborhood rampant with gang violence. A romantic encounter at a beautiful seaside resort between two hurt and lonely people almost happens, but doesn't, or does it? A woman tries to trick her girlfriend by bribing her fortuneteller, but is it she or the fortuneteller who has the "last laugh"? A mother who becomes a criminal due to her own husband's influence, goes to jail while he squeaks by without breaking any laws. What happens when her time is up in a world where criminals run free while the results of their "lawful" activities get locked away? A girl's jealousy for her best friend not only hurts their friendship, but threatens to ruin her chance for happiness with the boy whom she loves. A mother loses the confidence of everyone, even her husband, when her baby is kidnapped while under her care. He divorces her, taking the children with him, only to run into his own problems. Will she be able to save her family and find happiness with a man who will stand by her through thick and thin?

This is a collection of truly fresh, remarkable and even haunting stories, any one of which would make an excellent TV drama (or movie). There is a memorable intensity to all of them, a few of which I can't get out of my head. Each story is varied and unique, and I must say I admire Maria Savva's writing ability as expressed in the diversity of her characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomma Lyn on March 4, 2012
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Pieces of a Rainbow is a collection of character-driven and compelling short stories. The characters who people these stories feel real, and their joys, sorrows, and challenges come to life in the reader's mind. Each story pulls the reader into its world, and each story is like a powerful lens on the day-to-day life struggles of its characters. There's a depth in each of these stories, which rings true to life, and the rainbow theme is wonderfully executed, with each short story titled a single color that's reflected in the theme of the story. Surprises abound in these stories, making the reader say, "Wow..." and giving a pleasurable read and ample food for thought, as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie Elizabeth Powell on January 4, 2012
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What a fabulous analogy for the range of emotions that drive us humans. Loved the easy to follow style and the relationships to which we can all relate, this in addition to the realistic characters, it can only be a success.

I loved the lines, '...a blank canvas on which to build her dreams...' and '...he was a tattoo on her heart that could not be removed...' from Seeing Red, the first story, and '...leaving a hole the size of a watermelon in Sally's soul...' from, Envy (story four), where irony is particularly relevant.

All the stories draw you in and I, for one, couldn't wait to see what happened. There were many twists and turns and certainly unexpected events where the themes of responsibility, the ups and downs of relationships, and parental dilemmas are unmistakeable.

I would have to say that Mystic Purple was my favourite story, where I thoroughly enjoyed the comedy of small talk between Jen and Amy - the whole story bringing a smile though leaving a question as to whether we make our own fate.

This is not the first book by Maria Savva, and Pieces of a Rainbow is not a disappointment...I really enjoyed it...and I can honestly recommend that all are worth a look.

Clever, interesting and extremely good...great writing.

Julie Elizabeth Powell, author of Gone, Slings & Arrows, Of Sound Mind, Misadventures Of Fatwoman, A Murderer's Heart, Knowing Jack, The Star Realm and Invasion and Figments
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