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Nineteen authors (20 if you count the foreword) are published here... two that submitted poems, one essay, and a number of flash fiction-- genres varied... there was even some art attached to the opening of some stories. Most of the readings here are pretty short. About four stories were clearly humorous. A lot more were somewhere on the serious side and carried a literary quality and tone.
Overall, I was pleased at the selection and caliber of writing here. I'm especially happy to note that Volume 2 will be primarily different writers... that means plenty of new female authors to explore.
I totally enjoy all woman-centered themes, but as someone who didn't choose motherhood, I'd love to see other female-related themes as a key focus in future volumes. Also, a couple of readings were inspired by old folktales or legends or had references to such... this would be confusing for a reader not familiar with them. It would be helpful to make a footnote of such or what they mean to add clarity, understanding, and increase appreciation of such readings.
My personal reaction and ratings for each reading:
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Susan Kaye Quinn starts out this collection by sharing a little of her own story that led her to the path of becoming a strong woman who constantly battles against the expectations and requirements that others tried placing on her. She is a brilliant role-model and someone who I look up to, so it's always great reading more about her and getting an insight into her thoughts.
The stories themselves range from flash fiction and poetry to longer short stories, long enough to give you a satisfying story while being short enough to allow a great variety without any one story overpowering the others. Some of the stories are reinterpretations of fairy tales and myths, some stories are set in the future, some in the past, and some deal with the more mundane aspects of our current events. While I had some stories that I would consider "favorites," all of the stories are enjoyable and I would encourage others to pick up stories by any of these authors.
To me, four stories stood out as the strongest. I say this only because they stayed in my mind the longest, making me wish they were longer, or that I had more about that same character to read.Read more ›
The stories are not related in any way. They are diverse, with characters who are of color, disabled, of varying ages, and in various states of control regarding their lives and opportunities. All together these stories represent many people, all female, who are taking steps toward empowerment. The tone varies from story to story, but you should expect all of them to resound with desire to better their situation. From the African woman whose husband abuses her and her daughters finally taking a stand, to the wheelchair-bound woman fighting Social Security to get her due benefits, to the elderly woman, shamed at the lack of interest she receives from her only child--the one she continually sacrifices herself for, these women want a life free of drama, and pain, and suffering. And they deserve it. And they take it, make it happen.
These are very uplifting messages. The characters empower themselves. Oh, how I gloried with the octagenarian stealing her own car back from her shiftless daughter. Oh, how I giggled when Captain Obvious had to cool his heels so the narrator could tour with Star Girl. Oh, how I felt the rage of gamer girls /deleted by hate speech, or Lilith's impotence when Ya gave Adam the power to name all in creation. There are so many points of view to experience in this collection.
Length of each offering varies from short poems to longer stories. There's a little bit for everyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am happily reminded how creative people can be! I was truly surprised by the ingenious ways these ladies found for expressing themselves.Published 1 month ago by A.Meyers
This is an eclectic collection of stories that honor women by giving them a voice. My favorite was the short about Lilith by Pavarity Tyler.Published 3 months ago by K.M. Hodge, Author of The Book Cellar Mysteries and the Syndicate-Born Trilogy
This is an amazing story of one woman's courage, frustration, and loneliness navigating an overtaxed and poorly managed healthcare system that all too often creates a greater... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
First, I love the cover of this book and its promise of diversity. It sat amongst the reams on my Kindle and refused to be ignored. I took it into the bath to read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nabs
I have a story in here so this review is for all the other authors. I was introduced to new genres and authors and it was a pleasant experience. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Ludden
Mosaics is an excellent anthology, but I must say that "Pain Relief" by Julie Rea stands out. It is not only well crafted, but heartfelt, beautiful, painful, and real. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael Aronovitz
I had the privilage of being at the Facebook launch party for this book. When a new author would start hosting, I would go to her story and read it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Julie Schmidt
N.B. I am leaving this fair review in exchange for a free copy of the book.
I have plunged into this collection with great enthusiasm. Read more
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