3 out of 4 stars
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This particular collection of short stories is deeply stirring in a passive sense.
The narrative is in a design where you just can't take an outsider's point of view. They demand to be felt, to be empathized with, and to be thought through. Or worse yet, be disturbed.
However, they all end on happy notes or at least a positive or hopeful undertone. It is a recollection of humanity, of stirring struggles whether they are commonplace or unimaginable.
It stays with you long after the book has been kept away.
I would rate this book as a 3 out of 4. For its off key stories and yet easily relatable characters.
The embarrassment, pain, jealousy, hope, pride, all surges through the sentences. The language is that instilling.
My usual go to are fictional novels mostly due to the slow build that is required to be able to feel the story and get along with the characters. But this collection of short stories, rightfully and artfully creative, has done justice to the tales that it intended to tell.
Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016
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