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Top Customer Reviews
I love the concept tying this collection together. The stories reflect the array of colors they encompass, giving us a rainbow of emotions.
I particularly enjoyed 'Envy', 'Mystic Purple', and 'Rainbow's End', though all of the stories were succinct. They weren't succinct in a lazy sense either--characterization was good in the sense that I actually cared and was interested in the characters' sentiments and situations (which is quite hard to do when you have a "limited amount of space" to do so when writing in the "short story" form).
I greatly appreciated the sense of realism and depth/insight to the characters and storyline too. I enjoy this sort of material much more than the over-hyped material the mainstream media seems incapable of *not* producing and *not* shoving down everybody's throats. The stories here are about important things/real values in life, and using the rainbow as a symbol and/or concept to illustrate this was a choice pick and very-well executed by a person who's both a fantastic woman as well as writer.
I loved the lines, '...a blank canvas on which to build her dreams...' and '...he was a tattoo on her heart that could not be removed...' from Seeing Red, the first story, and '...leaving a hole the size of a watermelon in Sally's soul...' from, Envy (story four), where irony is particularly relevant.
All the stories draw you in and I, for one, couldn't wait to see what happened. There were many twists and turns and certainly unexpected events where the themes of responsibility, the ups and downs of relationships, and parental dilemmas are unmistakeable.
I would have to say that Mystic Purple was my favourite story, where I thoroughly enjoyed the comedy of small talk between Jen and Amy - the whole story bringing a smile though leaving a question as to whether we make our own fate.
This is not the first book by Maria Savva, and Pieces of a Rainbow is not a disappointment...I really enjoyed it...and I can honestly recommend that all are worth a look.
Clever, interesting and extremely good...great writing.
Julie Elizabeth Powell, author of Gone, Slings & Arrows, Of Sound Mind, Misadventures Of Fatwoman, A Murderer's Heart, Knowing Jack, The Star Realm and Invasion and Figments
This is a collection of truly fresh, remarkable and even haunting stories, any one of which would make an excellent TV drama (or movie). There is a memorable intensity to all of them, a few of which I can't get out of my head. Each story is varied and unique, and I must say I admire Maria Savva's writing ability as expressed in the diversity of her characters. For instance, the character, Savannah, in "Seeing Red" (the woman criminal) is incredibly realistic in both the limitations of her intellect (to fully understand what's going on around her), and in the depth of her needs and her craving to be loved.
Reading this collection of short stories was a real treat! I like psychological thrillers and these stories did not disappoint.
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