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Cherries in the Snow Paperback – January 30, 2015
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Story 1 -- a tormented young girl watches as her father commits an unthinkable act right in front of her -- and she is left to pay the price.
Story 2 -- details a man's painful loss -- first, of his wife, then of the finger where his wedding ring should have been, seventeen years before. The writing in the story is superb: "The way the snow falls, slow, silent and cold -- that's how I feel inside, like I'm always drifting down to the ground, to lie there until I melt away into the earth."
Story 3 -- in a small town, death occasions a grim round of visits by the bereaved family to neighbors -- carrying the body of the deceased. In this story of love and its tragic consequences, the reader is left to contemplate the true nature of justice.
Stories 4 and 5 -- interconnected by the common denominator of lust and low self-esteem, two lovers end the relationship with bitter feelings on one side, smug arrogance on the other. It's hard to say who comes away with the moral high ground.
Story 7 -- two hapless kidnappers stuck in the snow debate their strategy for using their victim's hands as leverage to get them unstuck. A police cruiser arrives and events spiral out of control. A surprise ending gives the story a bizarre zest.
Story 8 -- a trapper in the late 1800s meets a naked man bent over one of his traps. Turns out, he's the Devil -- Beelzebub, literally in the flesh. A tragicomic game of immortality options begins and the trapper, like the saying intones, must be careful what he wishes for.
Story 9 -- is a fine examination of an old man's sorrow over the loss of his wife and child fifteen years earlier. He is a barber in a small town, and his first customer of the day helps him deal with his regrets. Best line from the story: "It was a local business that survived only out of habit."
Story 10 -- is the troubling account of a former stockbroker who, having fallen victim to the horrors of Black Tuesday, goes about creating a few horrors of his own inside a dark department store at night.
Story 11 -- sums it all up for the reader in text wreathed in metaphors about the writer's job to put thoughts on paper in a way that brings truth to the reading experience.
This is a brilliant work of dark fiction, interlinked by the common element of a pristine snowfall. In this collection, the real meets the unreal, forcing the reader to squirm in places -- like any good work of horror.
I give Cherries In the Snow five stars and commend it to anyone who enjoys black satire.
I often struggle with short stories. I really want to like them, a good short story is something wonderful, quickly read, long remembered. A lot of short stories though leave me cold. Or confused. Not so here. I really enjoyed all of these stories, the author has a wonderful style. I found myself getting quickly absorbed by each stories, drawn in by wonderful descriptions and sharp characterisation. Not that these are ‘nice’ stories. They are definitely dark in tone, bordering on the macabre in places, and touching on some difficult themes. This could easily be a turn off, but the author really softens the blow.
I’m struggling to choose a favourite story, but I think it is between “Death Rite” which has wonderfully evocative descriptions of a village and its inhabitants, and “I Met the Devil” which is a really fun and interesting story with a quite plausible explanation of the why the modern world is the way it is! Oh and “Phantom Pains” was really good too…
There wasn’t a lot I didn’t like about it. If anything it’s just the fact that I probably prefer stories that are less dark and a bit cheerier. But that’s just me, and especially where short stories seem to be concerned that’s just not the way of things.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, impartial review.
I’m giving this 5/5. It has rekindled my faith in short stories.