- Paperback: 166 pages
- Publisher: Chrysalis Publishing (December 10, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609106091
- ISBN-13: 978-1609106096
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,209,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Confessions: FACT or FICTION? Paperback – December 10, 2010
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Part of the fun of Confessions is its appeal as a literary puzzle: readers are invited to try to guess whether each story is fiction or nonfiction, and answers to the puzzle are provided at the back of the book, along with insightful comments by the authors on the complex and interwoven nature of fiction and nonfiction, and the often slippery boundaries between the two.
Because it directly addresses this relationship, this would make a wonderful textbook for either introductory literature or fiction-writing courses. It's also a delightful collection of fun-to-read stories that happen to have the additional interest provided by the premise of the book, a premise which leads the reader into thinking about the very nature of storytelling--whether fiction or nonfiction--itself.
It's a cliché to say that the truth is stranger than fiction, the truth has to work within the bonds to reality, but fiction can be anything we wish...
Teaser/Why you'll love it: This book is an anthology of wonderfully talented writers. Each story could easily work as a standalone. You'll find yourself wanting to know more, as each tale varies in length and some end abruptly. Many of the accounts are personal tales, and the authors do an excellent job walking the line between fantasy and reality. Even though you're aware that not all of the stories in the anthology are real, you'll find yourself wondering about is each one. Considering that the stories are short, this anthology that can be enjoyed over a period of weeks. It's an excellent choice someone that likes reading a little at time but also being thoroughly entertained.
One important thing to consider when reading this book: "Does your perception of the stories and the authors vary based upon which ones seem real and which seem contrived?" Stories like the ones presented in this anthology are sent to publishers every day, most are rejected as novels. However, it is often true that same story would be accepted is submitted as memoir or true story. Consider that when reading this book.
Did I like it?: Overall yes, I found each story engaging, some of them blended together seamlessly, others ended abruptly when I was looking for more. When I was reading, it was easy to forget that many of the accounts were not all real. In fact I had a difficult time discerning which of the authors wrote factual story and which were simply spinning a tale. The use of person narration works well in this anthology, and adds to the illusion of realism. After finishing the entire collection I still have no idea which stories were true, however that is part of the fun. I would both recommend and read this book again.
Who's it for:
* Casual readers
* Advent readers
* All ages
* Anthology/short story lovers
Overall Rating: 5/5