Title: The Weight of a Feather: and Other Stories
Author: Judy Croome
Publisher: Aztar Press
Release Date: October 2013
Format: Kindle, Paperback
Pages: 200 pages
About the Book:
The promise implicit in an anthology is that it aspires to present something different, unexpected
Joyce Carol Oates (Introduction to The Oxford Book of American Short Stories)
From the classical form of ‘The Weight of a Feather’, first published by The Huffington Post (2013), to the suggestive allegory of ‘The Leopard and The Lizard’, this collection of short stories by South African author Judy Croome is an ideal mix of the familiar and the startling.
These vibrant slices of life testify to the mysterious and luminous resources of the human spirit. Whether feeling the harrowing emotion in ‘The Last Sacrifice’ or the jauntiness of ‘Jannie Vermaak’s New Bicycle’, the reader will delight in a plethora of stories that cross boundaries to both challenge and entertain with their variety.
The fun thing about The Weight of a Feather: and Other Stories is that it has a range of literature. There are one stanza poems as well as one or two page stories and some longer ones. There are stories with a happy ending, those with a sad or angry ending, and stories with a Twilight Zone-like twist.
The whole book has an exotic feel, talking about places I have never been (in South Africa) and using phrases I had never heard (in Afrikaans). In some places, the situation was so far removed from my life that it was difficult for me to identify with the character, but in other stories, even though the character and I were separated by thousands of miles, I could completely understand how he or she was feeling.
This is not a book to read in one sitting. It is best to savor one or two stories at a time or read a few poems when you need a short refresher. Otherwise the diversity of tales can be a bit overwhelming.
I give The Weight of a Feather and Other Stories four stars.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review through Charisma Media Network. All opinions are 100% my own.
About the Author:
Judy Croome lives and writes in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shortlisted in the African Writing Flash Fiction 2011 competition, Judy’s short stories and poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, such as the Huffington Post and the University of the Witwatersrand’s Itch Magazine. Her books “The Weight of a Feather & Other Stories” (2013), “a Lamp at Midday” (2012) and “Dancing in the Shadows of Love” (2011) are available. Judy loves her family, cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, cats, rainy days, ancient churches with their ancient graveyards, cats, meditation and solitude. Oh, and cats. Judy loves cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.) She is currently researching child murders for her next novel and you can visit Judy on www.judycroome.com or join her on Twitter @judy_croome .