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Thursday, April 23, 2020

REVIEW - Peripheral Visions and Other Stories by Nancy Christie

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer”—Zora Neale Hurston


Well, this is a book you SHOULD read!

If you don't already know, short stories are (some of) my favorites. And hard to find. I think is more challenging to write a good short story than a full-length novel and the only concession I'm willing to do is to... say that it is equally hard. Why? Because of the message, the emotion that must reach the readers has to be summed up just in a few words, pages. And Mrs. Nancy Christie knows this well, very well. The proof is her Peripheral Visions and Other Stories Collection.

I have some favorites, but if I had to choose the short stories I liked from this collection I would have had to copy-paste the Table of Content in its entirety. This is very rare.

20 short stories to ignite your mind and heart!

Their themes and subjects are different, the characters (ordinary yet special in their individuality) and the relationships between them are varied. But all these stories have in common the feelings stirred up in the readers' souls. From the first word to the last, the emotion grows, intensifies, surrounds the reader preparing him/her for the final blow.  Challenging situations, sad to dramatic outcomes, and sometimes a touch of hope. There is no wasted word. Some are totally sad, other ironic, others are of dark humor. All of them make you contemplate life in general and your own experiences in particular. All of them are marked by the author's writing skills. This is a case in which the saying "those who can't do, teach" is incorrect.

So, yes, this is the book you all SHOULD read!


Release Date: May 5th, 2020

What do you do when the hand that life deals you isn’t the one you wanted? In Peripheral Visions and Other Stories, the characters choose to play the best game they can with the cards they’ve received. For some, it’s making the most of the circumstances in which they find themselves, even if it’s not the life they planned. For others, it’s following an unconventional path—not the easiest course or the one that others would take, but the one that’s right for them. But they never lose hope that life will get better if they can just hold on.

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About the author:
Nancy Christie is the award-winning author of Peripheral Visions and Other Stories Rut-Busting Book for Authors, Rut-Busting Book for Writers, Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories and The Gifts Of Change. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous print and online publications. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Florida Writers Association, Christie teaches writing workshops at conferences, libraries and schools. She is also the founder of the annual “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day.

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1 comment:

Nancy Christie said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful review and for hosting me on your blog during my virtual tour! I'm thrilled that you loved the stories in Peripheral Visions and Other Stories--it's what authors hope to hear and it means so much to me!