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About the Author

Judy Croome lives and writes in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shortlisted in the African Writing Flash Fiction 2011 competition, Judy’s short stories and poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, both local (Itch) and international (The Huffington Post). The author of a collection of poetry “a Lamp at Midday” (2012) and a spiritual novel “Dancing in the Shadows of Love” (2011), Judy is currently researching child murders for her next novel. Judy loves her family, cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, cats, rainy days, ancient churches with their ancient graveyards, cats, meditation and solitude. Oh, and cats. Judy loves cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.) Visit www.judycroome.com or follow on Twitter @judy_croome
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Aztar Press; 1 edition (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987044737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987044730
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,593,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Judy Croome lives and writes in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shortlisted in the African Writing Flash Fiction 2011 competition, Judy's short stories and poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, such as the Huffington Post and the University of the Witwatersrand's Itch Magazine.

Judy loves her family, cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, cats, rainy days, ancient churches with their ancient graveyards, cats, meditation and solitude. Oh, and cats. Judy loves cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.)

Her books "The Weight of a Feather & Other Stories" (2013), "a Lamp at Midday" (2012) and "Dancing in the Shadows of Love" (2011) are available. She is currently researching child murders for her next novel and you can visit Judy on www.judycroome.com or join her on Twitter @judy_croome

Influences are Louise Erdrich, Witi Ihimaera, Rose Tremain, Osho,Toni Morrison, sundry poets such as WB Yeats, Walt Whitman, Rumi, Kabir, Robert Frost, John Keats, John Milton, William Wordsworth and others.

Customer Reviews

It has been awhile since I read a collection of short stories.
reignbough1973
There is a story to suit every mood: heart-rending and emotional, warm and humorous, poignant and deeply spiritual...and always thought-provoking.
Leonie A. Steinhauer
This book was perfect, I could steal a few minutes for myself here and there, get a story or poem read and feel like I accomplished something.
Karen F

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book was a collection of 45 short stories all written at different times. I honestly can say a book has never touched me so. Every story spoke to me. There was a little something to be taught or remembered or mulled over in each story. There was not one bad one in the bunch.

I believe all of the stories were heavily written about strong women. And that was amazing. I always loved strong female characters and there was no dearth of them in this book.

All of the stories were all favorites but my three top stories were Black Waters, The Lottery Ticket, and The Blue Mountains. You will have to read it for yourself to judge your favorites and why I might pick those three as mine.

The back of the book has some excerpts from her other works. That was wonderful to read also. I intend now to read all of her works.

What I love was in the "About The Author" section in the back of the book where it states "The driving motivation of her writing is the search of love in all its forms. Judy writes because she believes words have great power: they can bring comfort, joy, and hope. They can reveal secrets and lies. And, while they may not change the world, they can - at their best - change people's lives, even if only for a moment."

Isn't that beautiful?

Read this book you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vine Leaves Literary Journal on May 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Review by Krystal Sital

One of the best books I’ve read in a long time, The Weight of a Feather and Other Stories is a gripping and haunting collection of short stories. It will send you spinning but never, not once, will you be lost or confused. Croome is a master storyteller, seamlessly transitioning from one story to the next, from one perspective to the next without ever disorienting her readers. With each story comes a breath of fresh air, a new beginning. Both vast and varied, she covers the realms of mythology, fantasy, realism, and so many more. Even though different perspectives are employed—male, female, young, old, animal—as a reader, you’re never confused moving from one text to the other.

One can almost (but not quite) judge a collection based on its first short story. Was it captivating? Was there substance? Did it make you want to delve deeper? Yes. Yes! YES! How quickly Croome is able to suck you into the lives of these characters and the places they dwell is not only an art form she’s perfected, but a gift. Judy Croome is a talented writer who has honed her skills to the point of perfection. In the first story, as in all the ones that follow, everything is revealed in time, never before it needs to be. There is something profoundly lugubrious yet intriguing that the protagonist—an eight-year-old girl—has two best friends who are animals on her parents' farm. The lesson a child is forced to learn at such a tender age (and on her birthday no less) is something I’m sure every reader will carry with them for years to come.

Much like poetry, short and flash fiction are restricted because of the need to be concise and compact. This is accomplished flawlessly with the progression of each story from the very title to the very end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheGrandShuckett on February 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
I’m usually not one for short stories, but I figured I would give The Weight of a Feather and Other Stories a shot because, let’s face it, I thought “The Weight of a Feather” sounded pretty cool. I also really liked the cover art, and I hoped the old advice “don’t judge a book by its cover” wouldn’t come back to haunt me.

What I Liked:

Judy Croome definitely has a way with words. Her descriptions were quite vivid and truly created new worlds. I am largely unfamiliar with South Africa, but her stories made me feel like I was there. Also, her characters were unforgettable. Each unique and round, they effectively brought her stories to life.

What I Didn’t Like:

As sound as the quality of Judy Croome’s writing was, the subject matter was definitely not up my alley. I’m the kind of person who wants a happy ending every time, or at least a neutral one. I like to feel good after I’ve read something. I know that reality is not always happy, but that’s the exact reason I usually stick to fiction. I use books to transport myself away from reality.

Arguably, the stories nowhere near mimicked my reality, but the situations and events in almost every story included in The Weight of a Feather and Other Stories were dismally depressing or disturbing.

No matter how wonderfully and creatively an author describes the sacrificial rape and slaughter of a young woman, I still do not want to read about it.

I hoped very much that I would come across a happy story that would redeem the collection for me, but the happiest stories were about seemingly fat people turning on a fan and a man who sold his wife for a bike.

Overall:

The Weight of a Feather and Other Stories was a well-written but semi-depressing collection of short stories, one I would not recommend to other happy-go-lucky readers like myself.

Rating: 2.75 / 5 Stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Valentyne on November 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
An amazing collection of vivid, deep-reaching short stories.
How to describe it?
It was as if I was a fly on the author's shoulder, as she traveled from one extreme to the other of the world, stopping here and there to eavesdrop on a conversation, pausing a while longer at times to catch a glimpse into lives from all walks of life and across all of time.

Many of the snatches are heart-wrenching with emotion, but I loved the humor just as much, the kind of humor that isn't meant to be funny, it's just the way, we as people, are sometimes as we go about our life.

A wonderful collection that I'll be reading over and over again
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