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Collard County: A Collection of Short Stories Paperback – August 15, 2013
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Reviewed by Tania Staley for Readers' Favorite
Once in a while, an author will create a collection of short stories that breaks the mold and attempts to transform the way people think about fiction. Tamara J. Madison's book Collard County: A Collection of Short Stories does this... Her stories are raw and powerful, digging into the murky elements of society, yet have a magical and hopeful air to them as well. In "Barren" and "Cycles", the strength of femininity is explored. In the surreal story, "Misplaced," a woman comes to the shocking realization that parts of her body have disappeared and only by reclaiming them will she be made whole again... Collard County is a short fiction reader's ideal collection. If you are looking for something exciting and new, then look no further.
Her writing has a beautiful, almost lyrical quality. Each word seems to have been carefully chosen so that, just as in poetry, the rhythm and sound of the words is just as important as what they say. Rather than going for strict realism, Madison instead reveals spiritual and philosophical truths through her stories. There is a magical element to her stories that is quite breathtaking... I urge readers to read her stories like they would a poem, realizing that one person's interpretation may be different from another. Her stories are the best when a reader can let go and enjoy the ride, and it is quite a wonderful ride, indeed. Reading a short story collection that is so brave and new is quite refreshing. I highly recommend this collection and it would be a joy to read more from Tamara J. Madison. Collard County is a book that I will be reading again.
From the Author
These stories are based on what is known as home for me. Many of the characters are based on those mentors and community members of my childhood. I hope you will feel "at home" with them and be inspired by them as I. Enjoy!
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It was a nice little book of short stories. The author is very good with catching your interest and describing things in a way that makes you see it in your head as you read her words. I enjoyed these stories - my two favorites being Barren (incredible) and Misplaced (really made me think) - and I look forward to reading more from this author.
Note: I received a copy of this book for my honest review.