It's bonus post week! Every once in a while I will post every day for a week--and it's your luck this week. I hope you are all enjoying your summer--now get outside and play.
Sometimes you need short stories to liven things up in your life, so I picked up Jeri Walker-Bickett's Such is Life: Short Stories this weekend.
These stories introduce characters who are all seeking the thing they most
want—whether it be a ride home, artistic freedom, or sanity. Everyone is
looking for something. In “Pretty Girl,” a young woman meets an older man—and
it’s unclear who is taking advantage of whom. In “Leaving Big Sky,” a drug
addict finds company while her company finds himself. In “Not Terribly
Important,” a woman desires to teach her students the love of literature while
being stymied by her conservative community. Other stories also feature a
search for that thing that will make a person whole.
particularly taken by the story, “Not Terribly Important.” I found the narrator
to be a very interesting character; a teacher in a conservative small town
whose writing ambitions and worldview are much bigger than her current job. I found the
relationship between her and her boss, the principal, to be interesting and not
unlike many conservative schools across the country. I like that the character
wrestled with whether or not to censor the stories she was giving her students—to
black out curse words would make things easier for her, but it breaks her code
of literature appreciation and respect. What is this teaching the students? It is a battle to which anyone in education
can relate, and I found the story to be a nice representation of the internal
struggle between what is right and what appeases the masses.
This is a steal--$0.99 on Amazon! Click below to get yourself a copy.