Book: Recapture and Other Stories
Author: Erica Olsen
Release date (if applicable): October 16, 2012
Synopsis: Olsen gives us a selection of short stories set in the American West and Southwest.
My rating: 5 Stars
My opinion: In my humble opinion, it takes a special person to have the skill set necessary to write short stories and not treat them as off-shoots of full length novels. Short stories require a conciseness while respecting the characters and setting, in doing justice to them and not underwriting who they are while "telling" the story. There is also a respect which is imperative in not underwriting the story, as well. Olsen is one of these authors. Her characters are inviting, while not always being perfect and her descriptors for the setting make the reader feel that they are walking right along side the characters. To boot, her stories are engrossing in the short amount of pages given for each of them.
On a side note, while the stories are set in the American West/Southwest could limit the audience for this book by the description, I would encourage readers outside this region of the US to take a look at this dynamic tiny read!
Source: Torrey House Publishers
Would I recommend? : Oh, yeah...in fact, already have!
Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand Alone