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Enduring Spirit: Stories (The Crossroads Collection) (Volume 2) Paperback – May 18, 2018
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About the Author
- Paperback : 64 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0991417666
- ISBN-13 : 978-0991417667
- Item Weight : 2.72 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.15 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Spider Road Press (May 18, 2018)
- Language: : English
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I believe these stories all have great potential, particularly "Puca Dawns" and "Sirens of Pedernales." Both live in a blend of the spiritual and real world, both have spine tingling moments, but both miss the mark just slightly. I think a lot more emotion could have been teased out of them and the supernatural elements could have been fascinatingly explored.
While entitled 'Enduring Spirit," most of the female characters don't portray this idealism. There's suicide, putting one's head down and accepting the lies, a girl who needs rescuing, and an elderly woman who's taken advantage of and never realizes it. I wanted more satisfaction from these stories and some internal change of these characters. Only "Kit-Cat Clock" gave us something of an awakening strength in the character.
The stories do leave me wanting more...more of them. These short stories feel like writing springboards more than anything. I feel as though there were beginnings or endings but not enough substance to make the moments memorable. I hope the author develops these snippets more in the future. They'd be great if further explored.
This short collection contains a smattering of short stories nestled within a handful of flash fiction pieces.
The opening story, Puca Dawns, about a girl, Maeve, who makes friends with a puca, and then sees the puca in various legendary forms as it helps protect her from predatory adults is the most satisfying of the collection. As the dangers Maeve faces are slowly revealed and the puca changes form, there is tension that builds to a satisfying conclusion.
Blood-red Geraniums also manages to convey enough of a sense of place-- this time a farm where migrant workers of various ethnic backgrounds work that the story of a college girl working for the summer and encountering racism comes across in a short, sharp slice of a story.
The flash fiction pieces I did not enjoy as much in the context of this collection. For example, The Angels of Pont-Saint-Esprit while lyrical, gives so little about the protagonist (male? female?) and situation that it takes the author's historical note to even begin guessing what the story is about. Without the note, I was truthfully lost.
The horrific aspects of flash piece Kit-Cat Clock and longer story After-Shock Angels are muted by the lack of a recognizable protagonist POV...just as I began to sense who might be experiencing hte story it ends.
The final story, Marked, is also one of the better pieces in the book. The story builds tension successfully with alternating narratives of a girl with a birthmark and a young political attache for a sketchy political candidate...culminating in a tragic ending.
There are moments of lyrical writing and a sense of quite deep emotion in each story, but for me, who needs to fall in love with a protagonist, the sometimes amorphous nature of the POV voice kept me from fully following along with the narrative flow.