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Slicing Heaven: Tales, Poetry, and Recipes from The Slice of Heaven 24-Hour Pie Shop and Driving Range Paperback – December 6, 2013
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About the Author
Barbara Jean Walsh is a freelance writer and editor living in Springfield, Massachusetts. Currently a freelance writer and editor, she has also been the co-host of “It’s My Boat” Radio, and had a long career in the marine industry. Prior to that, she was a library director, English instructor, and newspaper reporter. She has a B.A. from the University of Maine and an M.A. from the University of Denver.
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My second surprise was that yes, it is fiction--but with each vignette, poem, or recipe Barbara Jean Walsh gifts us with a quirky slice of life that touches at least one chord of truth every single time.
Walsh says of this work, "Drawn from posts that originally appeared in a blog that was meant to be an exercise in learning to use WordPress, I've tried to offers a view of an imaginary place where friends and strangers alike gather to compare notes on life, happiness, pie, and the search for the perfect golf tip."
I enjoyed reading Slicing Heaven from the first page to the last. It is funny and philosophical, and the characters, including the narrator, are unique and engaging. The book is satirical and witty, and celebrates the absurd without tipping the balance into parody or becoming ridiculous. Walsh masterfully draws the reader into the community she has created with The Slice of Heaven by having the narrator continually refer to a personal relationship; for example, "your second-cousin Darnell" and "Still, if I ever ask you, 'Do you see that, too?' I hope you'll know what I mean."
Each chapter of Slicing Heaven is like a piece of pecan pie; it's rich enough that you can settle for just one, but it leaves you wanting more, eager to begin on the next!
by Khadijah A.
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
For flavor, think wry humor.
For philosophy, think down to earth pragmatism.
Each chapter stands by itself as a raw silk thread, but the whole is a comforting blanket with no burrs or bedbugs.
I wrapped myself in it twice.
And then there are the recipes.