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An Epilogue to Innocence Paperback – June 26, 2016
About the Author
Tim Baughman Jr. is a husband, author, and blogger. He enjoys crafting letters into words, words into sentences, and sentences into stories that tug at your heartstrings with kitten eyes and melodic heartbreak. There's a statistically significant chance any pictures taken of him were quickly followed by a snarky remark.
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Life is not something that is easy for anybody, and the stories in this book capture that theme with great success. At several times during my read through, I felt happy, sad, excited, scared, and sometimes a combination of any or all of them. The stories themselves were very relatable, especially for someone part of the millennial generation.
The writing, additionally, was much better than expected. Personally, I can be a bit of an elitist when it comes to the quality of someone’s writing, but I was overjoyed with the way this book flowed from story to story. I truthfully didn’t realize I was at the end of the book, and found myself wishing there was more. The stories are written in a way that you can almost feel yourself becoming the characters.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a really fun read that will hit on nearly every emotion. For anyone looking to feel a little bit, or maybe learn a little about themselves. I would, without a doubt, buy this book and jump into it immediately. Clear out your schedule, sit back in a comfy chair, and enjoy the journey. I promise you will not be disappointed.
The art of short stories is one difficult to master; the writer must be able to both share an engaging story that hooks the audience while being able to portray enough about the story for it to make sense.
To say author Tim Baughman Jr. had mastered this art would be an understatement. Every one of the short stories in An Epilogue to Innocence is well-written from both a grammatical and readable stand-point. They are engaging, drawing the read to strongly-crafted characters, unique and provocative plots, and enough intrigue to leave the reader wanting more all the while being satisfied with what they've completed.
While each story could likely stand on its own as a longer piece, part of the draw is that they are shorter. They hook you, draw you to the characters, attach you to the story, and release you in a short timeframe, making it a book easy to enjoy all at once, or read story by story over a period of time.
The book does contain some fairly sexual content and mildly descriptive violence, so if that's not your thing, be forewarned.
This was a great read, and definitely one worth picking up. I look forward to seeing more works from Tim Baughman Jr. in the future.
Books of short stories can go one of a few different ways and very often I personally find them disappointing. I've found that a lot of short stories will really whet my appetite in the beginning, but then end so quickly that I don't feel like there was any strong conclusion. That is not the case with An Epilogue to Innocence. Despite their relative short length, each of these stories feels complete. These characters feel like whole people with motivations, fears, and dreams that we understand despite not having chapters upon chapters to get to know them like we would in a full length novel.
"A Delayed First Date" is funny, ironic, and features a situation that I found relatable as a young adult. It's honestly something that I could see happening in my own life.
Possibly my favorite story (though it's hard to choose) is "The Strongest Feelings Are On The Inside." This is the longest entry in the book and it's one of the most surprising and dark things I've read in a long time. This story begins on a tragic note when a young husband is left to mourn the death of his wife, but from there the story takes a number of twists and turns that will leave you shocked and somewhat horrified. I don't want to give away too much, but it's incredible. I would honestly love to see a film based off of it.
Another story I really appreciated was "Use As Directed." This one, in my opinion, covered the broadest array of emotions of any of the stories. I found myself laughing out loud and feeling emotionally gutted all within the span of a few pages. This piece deals with mental illness and does it with grace and without exploitation.
Overall, An Epilogue to Innocence is a satisfying read that you can easily finish within a day or so, but will likely take longer than that to fully digest. There's a lot of sadness and loss within these few pages, but there's just enough optimism sprinkled in there to keep it from becoming too bleak.
Baughman's stories are captivating. He manages to address so many of the elements of being a 20-something--love, loss, depression, suicide, marriage, divorce, childbirth, sex, violence, curiosity, confusion, hopelessness, joy, sadness...it's all there. These stories even range in genre! Some of them are thrilling, some scary, some touching, some sad. Some of them will make you laugh out loud, and others will make you ugly-cry.
Anyone over the age of 20 can relate to something out of this book. And for anyone under 30, it should be required reading to help you navigate through the most confusing period of your entire adult life.
You can stamp this with MY approval. 5 stars. No, 11 stars. Buy 12 of them and give them to everyone you know for Christmas or better yet, graduation. You'll be glad you did.