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Descansos: Words from the Wayside Paperback – July 3, 2017
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Each piece is prefaced with a brief note from the editor giving the reader a glimpse into what's to follow. I was moved in all kinds of directions while reading. Jesse Sensibar's "Shrine Stories" (I'd classify it as poetic creative non-fiction) sets a serious tone, reminding the reader the true meaning of descansos. Kate McGowan's "I'll Go Now" touches on grief, while Richard King Perkins's "Moments of Absence" gives a brief reprieve. Karen Bovenmyer's "Like a Soul" provides the reader with a string of hope to hang onto. While none of the stories felt full-frontal sci-fi, some certainly headed in the direction. This felt particularly fitting since death is the ultimate unknown.
The anthology also includes "Author's Notes" at the end - which give the reader insight into how each piece came to fruition. If you've ever been curious about the twisted path a piece takes from idea to fully realized, you'll likely get a kick out of this portion of the book.
Overall, a very well put-together offering that has me looking forward to the next publication from Darkhouse Books, and has me Googling several of the authors for more of their work.
In the interest of transparency, I will note that I have a story in here. So maybe five stars is self aggrandizement - if it is, it's only a a half star of bragartly behavior.
Full disclosure: I have a very short story in this collection.