- File Size: 892 KB
- Print Length: 22 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 16, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06WVF3GWB
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
In Three-Quarter Time: A Short Story Kindle Edition
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Pam Lecky takes the reader into the parlour of a middle-class family, the Cusacks, at Sunday tea-time. Over the best china, she introduces the concerns and tensions that are a part of every family of young restless adults who have their dreams, spoken and unspoken, and who want to go their own way.
The youngest sister, Josie, is despondent because her beau, the adventurous Anthony Lanigan, is going to America for three years. This girl of seventeen, sunk in her own feelings, is thankfully unaware that her older sister Lily feels drawn to Anthony as well. Lily is in turn disturbed by her own unwelcome attraction, and is at pains to hide it from everybody. Their brother William arrives late for tea, and the reason for his delay delights one parent and distresses the other.
Ups and downs, hopes and disappointments are a part of every family's lore. Based on events from the writer's family history, Pam Lecky has captured a few very significant years – filled with hope and pain and healing - in a moving and dignified way. Dublin in 1914 - the river Liffey – the streets packed with horses, carts and trams – soldiers – the quiet commotion of a country on the brink of war, and later the quiet of a rural retreat – are aptly illustrated with her words. It’s a very enjoyable read and will leave a warm glow.
Lecky packs an incredible amount of history into this short story: the divided politics and economy of Ireland, the war to end all wars, and the influenza epidemic. This was an era of change, and the author perfectly captures those uncertain times. The naiveté on the cusp of war and the bitter, painful toll war takes on the mind and body is also explored.
This is a quiet tale, subtle in its complexities, powerful in its themes of family, love, loss, and hope. For all its brevity, In Three-Quarter Time strikes a resonating chord.
Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction and short stories
In Three-Quarter Time is a moving tale to say the least but the ending left me looking to the future with positivity.
At 22 pages it’s a super short book but you get a full tale. The author easily sets the scene/introduces the characters and the plot develops at a steady pace.
Even in such a short novel there were some standout moments but obviously if I mentioned them it would give the game away but honestly this tale is a roller-coaster ride..up then down then up again.
If you’ve not read Pam’s full length novel yet I’d highly suggest you get this first to introduce you to her work.
All in all for a short its top-notch, likeable characters, good plot development with some twists and events that make the reader become emotionally involved.