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...exceptional stories by a talented writer who understands that emotions are sometimes indefinable and conflicting, that facing adversity can require more than just courage, and that human feeling is complex and intricate. . .. a layered exploration of both human weakness and strength. . .. --Windy City Reviews
It is not surprising that Lynn Sloan was a portrait photographer, nor that she has turned to fiction writing. Her bent is an exploration of the truths of the human heart, and this collection demonstrates her remarkable gift for it. Possessing hugely different personalities and backgrounds, the characters are compelling, even those with small roles in the stories. Sloan is inventive and fearless in the situations in which she places her protagonists, and the results are painful, sometimes funny, and always illuminating. In every story her continual flashes of insight, so precisely rendered, remind us again and again how heartbreaking in all its complexities is the human dilemma.--Sharon Solwitz, author of Once, in Lourdes: A Novel, Blood and Milk: Stories, and Bloody Mary: A Novel --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- Publication Date : February 6, 2018
- File Size : 2669 KB
- Print Length : 225 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Fomite (February 6, 2018)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 194438829X
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- ASIN : B078L9K4ZK
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,093,225 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sloan has a knack for capturing lives at points of maximum tumult and for showing the complexity of thought and feeling and action which govern the critical moments. These tales do not merely skate along the surface; they plumb the undercurrents with deft imagery and stretches of lyricism and keen interplay and the telling phrase. They juggle different threads in the central narrative, while never losing sight of where the narrative should lead us. A double emotion, desire and disappointment, are accurately rendered in a single sentence as when a bereft wife says, “She had thought all the molecules in her body had been realigned along an axis that was permanently tilted toward him.”
Here are conflicted mothers and daughters, mysterious strangers and wayward husbands, current and former lovers, cherished and devastating memories, characters as real as the ones we encounter every day. It all speaks to the fascination and multiplicity of life. This is a dazzling literary performance.
Readers who follow the impulse to pass judgment on fictional characters will be missing the point if they attempt to do this when reading these stories. The experience Sloan has devised is not to have readers determine how a character might have avoided being caught in the morass he or she is tangled in. Instead, she uncovers the abilities and motivations her characters will need in order to escape from the low point they’ve sunken to so they'll be able to go as far as they need to go. In doing so, she stimulates the reader to recognize the characters’ determination, strength, will, or whatever else the effort will take. The reader winds up respecting characters they might otherwise have rejected as “weak,” “a loser,” “unfocused,” or otherwise someone to write off and learning a great deal about understanding other people’s points of view.
This Far . . . is a valuable gift the author has given to readers.