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The Mermaid - Short stories for adults Paperback – November 10, 2017
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One, each story, whether essentially flash fiction or a fully fleshed tale, is about relationships. How essential our desires for or our involvement in relationship are. Whether as a man to a woman, a woman to a man, a child to an adult, or even from an animal to a person. This short book is dense with the possibilities.
Second, directly or indirectly, each story carries the weight of the belief in human kindness and good.
Sometimes that weight is is heavily unearthed by caring inspectors catching a serial killer. Other times the separation is but gauze glittering between two searching hearts. Always, its reminder for me was, human goodness exists, and manifests more often than sometimes thought possible.
The varied stories can be read in one sitting. Or sipped and gulped, like I did, like essential nutrition for my soul.
Not a term I easily or normally use. But totally accurate of my reading experience of almost all these stories by Ms. Luker. Recommend without reservation.
As a writer of such tales myself it gives me even more pleasure when I read something that has been crafted to within a useful word. The author demonstrates not only a vivid imagination, but eloquence. She shows here an attention to detail that is sometimes absent in this type of work.
Having already been impressed by Penny’s novel writing and now enjoying this collection, I will make a point of locating more of her work. My original intention was to save these stories to read during breaks, but I read the entire book in one sitting. I recommend this anthology not only to readers, but also to those writers who would like to see how the shorter short story is written. A hugely entertaining read.