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Filter House Paperback – August 1, 2008
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"Filter House" is aptly named for the structure a minuscule sea creature secretes around itself and that filters the sea for the creature's food. Food, dwelling, the implied hearth and heart that is fed--all these describe Shawl's stories. Her characters are closely observed, and gain quick traction in the friction of the real.
The real, here, is animated, alive, and Shawl's sentences weave a rhythm that gives voice to (secret?) desires--for divine intervention, for allies and challengers in rocks and trees, for love and imagination to be made simple and practical. Her stories' trajectories are wonderfully entertaining but her sentences are magical. With dialog and observation, Shawl manages to frequently prick through the veil between reader and writer, bringing her characters alive in a delightfully synchronous world.
The professional reviewers have focused on "Wallamellon" with reason. It is completely charming; full of twists and turns. "At the Huts of Ajala," "Good Boy," "Shiomah's Land," and all the rest of the stories pull you into the story, whisking you away to a new land and a new way of looking at the world. When I mention one story, I think of another that is fabulous, too. My personal favorite is "The Beads of Ku." It should become a classic. This book is suitable for young adult readers.