- File Size: 333 KB
- Print Length: 48 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 23, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077QM32S7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
On the Edge of a Raindrop Kindle Edition
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Brentyn’s prose is poetic, her word choices concise and evocative. Like her other book, this one includes stories of about 100 words and shorter pieces under 50 worlds. There are also six-word stories and haiku that portray the same sublime beauty of Brentyn’s longer pieces.
This short book is perfect for anyone who has only moments to read, or anyone who just plain loves beautiful writing.
Like her first book Hinting at Shadows this book is a collection of flash fiction and I think should be read slowly (it could be read in one sitting) and savoured. The book is divided into three parts which follow a beautiful introduction which looks at the form of flash fiction and her inspiration. As she so beautifully puts “There is a world inside a drop of fiction.” The next two parts, Mindscapes and Lifelines are both pieces of around 100 words and this is followed by the third part which are microbursts – fiction under 50 words.
I said after reading her first book that Sarah Brentyn is a master of flash fiction and this book only cemented this belief. I have however added to that statement and say that Brentyn is a master of the first line. All her first lines make you want to read more. Some have you gasping at the images they create. Take for example the piece Strawberry Fields Forever. The first line: ” Her memory lane was potholes and busted chunks of asphalt.” How could you not want to read on.
This is a perfect book for readers of flash fiction, for those that don’t have the time to read a novel, for those that love words and sentence construction, for those that enjoy having their emotions manipulated and pulled in all directions and for those that want to write flash and need examples to learn from.
I think I liked the first section, Mindscapes, the best; there are some beautiful and haunting snapshots of subjects' lives, perfectly written and evocative. The metaphors used are well chosen, without over-playing them. All pieces are all on the dark side, which I like.
As with all collections I had my favourites, but I liked all of them. Sometimes, I could see a whole life in a paragraph, so insightful and artfully captured are they. I think the collection would be enjoyed by anyone who likes to read poetry, or just admires the well drawn sentence. It's the first I've read of Sarah Brentyn, and I'd most definitely recommend.
I purchased this on the U.K. site