What a day!
This morning, the newest addition to my family of books was assessed by the very well-read member of Goodreads, Mark. Here’s what he had to say.
(the truth, but not at seventeen)The first story of this elegantly-crafted collection authentically captures the moods, from wistfulness to defiance, from petulance to heartbreak, of a teen in transition, as seen from the perspective of an older sister left to be in loco parentis, who proves actually to be a better parent than the ones who call it in, from Paris. This piece sets the tone for the rest of the volume, a highly readable, page-turning anthology of vignettes, probably Sharp’s best to date, that offers characters and outcomes that are always a bit more complicated (and better) than we’re led to expect.A synopsis of a vignette that doesn’t spoil the story has to be a brief one, and perhaps a little enigmatic, but these are a few of Encore’s other tales of emotional entanglement:Swansong, as the title suggests, is the tale of one last moment. Most bad prospects don’t know what they are. Bradley, at least, cares enough to accept it.Dear David is a wonderful epistolary tale with three embedded twists on the way to a satisying outcome.A Time for Decision: A Time for Love is a genuinely warming resolution to an encounter with an utterly loathsome person.My Love Story is, oddly, about the cue and the impulse to write one, which clearly the author feels with regularity — and here, her character manages also to bring one into being.
All of these stories are emotionally satisfying, and all of them quick, compelling reads. Highly recommended.