About:(From TLC) In Vanishing and Other Stories, secrets are both kept and unearthed, and lives are shaped by missing lovers, parents, and children. With wisdom and dexterity, moments of dark humor, and a remarkable economy of words, Deborah Willis captures an incredible array of characters that linger in the imagination and prove that nothing is ever truly forgotten.
Descriptive Words: page-turning, gripping, funny, emotional, aggravating, cliff hangers
What worked for me:
- Each story stood well on its own, and it also felt like a cohesive book with loss, disappearing, vanishing as the elements that pulled it together.
- I was amazed at how eloquently Willis could tell a story in such a short amount of words and pages. I was immediately drawn into each story and didn't want them to end.
- There are several stories that I wanted to continue because I seriously needed to know what was going to happen next!
- I really liked Willis's voice. She's a strong writer with a lot to say. I want to read more from her!
- I adored, absolutely adored Caught. I loved the endless possibilities that her writing gave to the plot. Her first sentence, "There's more than one way it could go" and then her next paragraph started with "Or maybe not" was fantastic and it just took off from there and captivated me to the very end!
- I've realized that I don't like stories that are written in the following style, "You do this and you do that. You feel this and you feel that." - This is called Second Person Point of View and according to my son they do not use this POV in their writing, they only use first and third. I now know why!! Out of all her stories, Remember, Relive was my least favorite. I just could not connect with this one.
- I love the short story format, but I found out that I'm not a fan of ambiguous endings!! But in a twisted way I enjoyed it...do you know what I mean?
Recommend? I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to those that love short stories. I know there are plenty of readers who really enjoy those 'what if endings' and can move on to the next story without mourning the loss of the characters from the previous one. I'm warming up to short stories and I would read another collection by this author in a heartbeat!
My Rating: 4/5
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