- Paperback: 150 pages
- Publisher: Colony Collapse Press (June 13, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988564718
- ISBN-13: 978-0988564718
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,083,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Late Lights Paperback – June 13, 2013
About the Author
Kara Weiss was raised in Brookline, Massachusetts. She attended Williams College and holds an MFA from the University of Washington. Kara was the recipient of the Ingham prize for fiction, and her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines. She currently lives with her family in Salt Lake City, Utah
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I am really quite a fan of short story collections where the characters and stories are interwoven. This book is yet another example of why this style appeals to me. We get to see the characters from different angles and points of view, which allows us to have a clearer image. We get to see this trio of characters interact in different ways and with different combinations of people, and we find that each, in some way, is wounded. Each, in some way, is abused or unloved, and feels less than the others. They cannot seem to notice that their feelings of inadequacy is probably their greatest uniting factor.
I really thought the characters were well developed. They each have their own stories to tell, and by breaking them up into short story form, we get intimate flashes of each character. I particularly loved that, while reading, I had no preconceived notions of the appearance of the characters (for the most part; Monty's enthnicity is described, as is BJs hair), which to me meant these characters could be, and in many ways are, all of us.
This is a very quick read, but it is intensely emotional, with a lot of stuff below the surface. Even though you will get through it quickly, you will need a little time to digest it. Fans of short stories, particularly interwoven collections, will enjoy this book.
I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
Monty is in and out of juvie, and is struggling to get his life back on track. It would be much easier for him if his father was a little more helpful.
BJ is a wreck. . . she's in denial about her self image and could use some good friends.
And Erin is trying to run away from it all.
Actually, all 3 kids are trying to run away from it all, and they are all troubled in different ways and connected through a friendship that started years before.
While Late Lights isn't a happy-go-lucky story, it's not altogether depressive either. It's kind of in between and feels very genuine and real. It's a quick read but Weiss's writing is addictive.
After reading this novella, I wanted more! I wanted more depth, more information, more more more. Is this a case of a fabulous author or was the book just too short? I'm thinking it's Kara Weiss that's making me want more!
Thank you Leah @ Books Speak Volumes for the giveaway that won me this (signed!!!!) copy!
Have you read a novella that has knocked your socks off?
Thanks for reading,
Rebecca @ Love at First Book