- File Size: 2268 KB
- Print Length: 339 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1544999429
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Spangaloo (March 28, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XX3588Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,473,594 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In this moving book of ten intriguing tales, many lives become prisons for the sad men and women who inhabit them. Sherlock’s brilliance lies in her unique ability to capture and portray the loneliness, complexity and pain of being human.
The themes touch on multiple tragedies such as carrying the legacy of our parents forward even when we recognize we’re doing this; marriages that fall apart despite their participants wanting to hold them together; and parents who lose touch with their children. Woven into the complex descriptions of her characters’ feelings, like an exquisite pattern of pastel colors, Sherlock intersperses beautiful descriptions of the winter and summer landscapes and gardens of north western and eastern CT.
She is an expert at describing relationships in which the partners suffer existential grief about their pasts, and as a result can’t quite connect to each other. She’s also good at understanding how old people feel as they have become redundant to their own lives and families:
“She pitied her young self, her expectation of a lifetime of reciprocal love and harmony, not imagining widowhood, or that at seventy-two she would find herself redundant and scarcely missed like a hamster that died overnight in its cage. She grieved for herself, already forgotten, but that only made matters worse, for here she was alive and well. Her painstaking writing unbalancing a marriage designed for his ambitions not hers. Life held injustice upon injustice.”
In one intriguing story we follow a murderer – just your average middle aged woman who has failed at love but who conceals from everyone that she is an angry bully, and we slowly discover as the narrative unfolds, why her first husband left her. When she finds someone who is a mirror reflection of herself, there are drastic consequences.
All of Sherlock’s characters are fully formed adults with the “what if” regrets that we all carry, and she captures them so accurately in her haunting stories. For the student of human nature I recommend this masterly book.
As with the best short stories, this collection leaves you wanting more. I highly recommend.