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A word of note is that the stories are connected but read as separate, stand-alone stories.
Other works by this author may very well interest me for future reading.
They serve to remind us that our relationships, experiences and family ties are complicated at best. One of Stephen Hazlett's best works.
In no way is this the fault of the author; his book description is spot-on, no false claims involved. And allow me to emphasize that this is an entirely subjective assessment. There's no doubt other readers will not agree. With the author's polished skills, it's easy to imagine others awarding this anthology five stars and buying every book he's written. What makes my funk even worse is, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review, and this is the best I can currently do.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to experience his work -- and it's an experience, rather than a read, it's that real -- and should this escapism funk ever break, I'll revisit these short stories and give them a better, fairer chance.
I was initially nearly put off reading this book by the first story about the son of an Irishman carrying out his father's last wishes, which was quite depressing, but it finished with a nice uplifting moment and I'm glad that I decided to read on. The stories are quite diverse and engaging, the writing is very good and the characters well rounded.
For me the pick of the bunch was the delightful "Montana" about an elderly Scottish woman talking her son into helping her escape from her nursing home and embark on a road trip to Montana.I also enjoyed "Family O'Shea Redux" about a young man whose fathers dying wishes are that he find his previously unknown half brother and travel together to Skye to scatter his ashes. The author exhibits a real fondness for all his characters, even the scoundrels and through this allows his readers an insight into their characters and an understanding of their past behaviour. I look forward to reading other works by this author.
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This engaging collection of nine stories about the foibles and flaws of ordinary people with interesting...Read more