How Anything Can Grow From This
by Shelley Ann Clark, Karolinn Fiscaletti, Chris Ludovici, Beau North, Gena Radcliffe, Adam Strong, and Desiree Wilkins
General Fiction, Short Story Anthology
Published by Beau North
Formats available: Electronic
Pub Date: 11.1.18| 91 pages
REVIEWER: Sophia Rose
E-arc provided by author for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
A relationship ends with a meal. A southern town disappears, bit-by-bit. Two sisters sit in a hospital room, sharing a piece of strawberry cake while children are thrust into a strange new existence of abandoned superstores and unrelenting fluorescent light. A cataclysm hovers on the point of a knife as brown-skinned schoolgirls make peace with long sleeves and vile names. This cross-section of indie and traditionally published authors cross genre lines with seven stories about separation, loss, and the peculiar loneliness that comes with being a stranger in a strange land. From frigid Chicago to the sweltering asphalt of south Texas, these stories dive into the heart of what divides us, and what connects. <https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42594225-how-anything-can-grow-from-this
It is safe to say that I never imagined a time that I would be reading a collection of stories brought together for the purpose they were. Seven short endearing and bittersweet stories and a poem on the subject of separation, loss, and the pain of being treated as ‘wrong’ or ‘different’ all for the purpose of shining a light on an untenable situation for families. At the same time, each story challenges readers to take a hard look inside and around them.
I have always been one who appreciated that storytelling could teach me much and the power of a good story to invoke action that a dry lesson could not. Never fear, these are stories. These are not light stories, but they are excellent: from a poem that makes one pause and re-read the lines, to tales of the various ways people are forced to say good bye whether to other people or their own real self. Some are stark and raw while others are atmospheric and nostalgic. I teared up a few times and felt the bittersweet tang of each well-written piece. They are short so swiftly, if not easily, digested.
I was only familiar with one author, whose writing is already well loved, in this group, but I was pleased to get a taste of these new to me works and wish to avail myself of more. Whether you are looking for a variety of excellent pieces of short-story fiction or wish to support a cause that is close to your heart, I can recommend this small collection that has a big impact.
100% of proceeds going to RAICES / Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) / 501(c)(3) charity
My thanks to Beau North for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.