Title: Truthtelling: Stories, Fables, Glimpses
Author: Lynne Sharon Schwartz
“A grab bag of realist and experimental stories, each one a treasure . . . Wise, wry, and witty—theses stories in all their stylistic variations are perfect.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
A man generously lends his car to his ex-wife, and is bewildered when she not only neglects to return it but makes increasingly implausible excuses for her actions. A neat and orderly clothing store owner is taken in and manipulated by an ailing elderly neighbor. A wife left by her husband for a younger woman is forced to visit the couple in order to see her children—and makes a startling realization about her former spouse.
In these stories and others, including an O. Henry Award winner and a Best American Short Stories selection, National Book Award finalist Lynne Sharon Schwartz presents readers with a cast of indefatigable New Yorkers whose long-established routines are disrupted by mishaps or swerves of fate.
When I received a copy of this book, the author was new to me, but I’m always open to checking out new work. Sometimes, I’ll admit there are disappointing books, but this was not one of them. This collection of short stories takes life and looks at it from new and refreshing perspectives. A lot of them were told in first person which made it even easier to get inside the minds of the MC’s and really dissect their/our world.
The moods in each story vary dramatically. There were some that were sad, some deeply thought-provoking, and others yet that were refreshing funny. This constant mix of feelings gave me a bit of suspense when reading. The good kind where I wonder what will come next because I’m genuinely excited to see.
I read so many books a year that I admit sometimes it’s hard to really find a work that I connect to and enjoy one hundred percent. I’m so happy to have gotten the chance to read this one because it reminded me what is exactly enjoyable about curling up with a good book.
This is a collection that I won’t forget about anytime soon.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.