- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: lulu.com (April 21, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0557222109
- ISBN-13: 978-0557222100
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,168,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pomegranate Stories Paperback – April 21, 2010
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Beneath the anguish of hardship, Degani's stories offer subtle hope, charm, and humor, which captures readers and pulls them into other people's lives, ones that are rich with details and character. Even if they have never experienced such conflict, the confidence in Degani's writing and the style with which she portrays her characters' emotions will have readers sitting in the front row.
In "Dani-Girl's Guide to Getting Everything Right," we steal into the life of a young woman, who has made cardinal rules for getting through the tough spots in life, but when it comes to family matters, sometimes our guide is an opened map. "Hawaiian Hairdo," "Listing Lisa," and "Chair Girl" are absolute gems of women's multifaceted relationships that will have you cheering in the end.
In "Pomegranate," "Monsoon," "Spring Melt," and "Rim Shot," Degani uncovers the darker nightmares that plague mothers, daughters, and families, and how the human spirit, despite its frailty, carries on in a world that is too often blackened by tears and violence.
Whether you read literary, mystery, or horror, the crisp details of Gay Degani's Pomegranate Stories will both delight and startle you.
There are only eight stories, and a few of those are short enough to qualify as Flash Fiction, but the content is so startling, so intense and provocative, so well written, that it feels like a much weightier volume. The stories are about mothers and daughters (and the men in their lives), but don't think `sentimental sweetness,' think `raw reality.'
Warning! These stories will bring out the hidden feminist, suffragette, or Lizzie Borden in you!
The title story is about a seven-year-old girl kidnapped by hippies. The "fat leathery red fruit" (Pomegranate) triggers both a chokingly bitter memory for her and a bittersweet longing.
In "Rim Shot" the reader follows a disrespectful daughter from a hot asphalt basketball court into a cool convenience store, and then on a mad race toward home and mom. The shocking, heart-wrenching last paragraph will drive you back to the beginning to read it again.
In "Monsoon" the reader immediately experiences a vague uneasiness about a family going on vacation. Something just isn't right between husband and wife and the two very young daughters know it. With each scene the tension builds. (Nail biters and lip chewers beware!) When the dreaded event happens, you won't believe it. And I guarantee you will scream a silent, Nooooo!
Degani's writing is lean, with every word vital to the story. Her tight but visual descriptions of people, places, and emotions ring so true you wonder if she hasn't experienced them herself.
Many of the stories are written in the present tense so there's a breathless immediacy about them. Most finish with a definite bite; that unexpected and shocking paragraph or line that stops you cold and makes you admit, "Wow, I didn't see that coming."
You can read the complete collection in an afternoon, but I recommend savoring each story separately, allowing ample time for reflection.
These are eight stories that will capture you.
I highly enjoyed reading this book. I'll read it again. Ms. Degani is an amazingly skillful writer who tricks you into thinking she's right beside you, at the campfire, just talking to the night.
Buy this book and let it take you to scary, gorgeous, frightened, touching, strange, surreal, too-real, wonderful human places.