DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Publishing Date: August 11th, 2015
When it comes to short stories, authors have a difficult challenge. They have to make the story interesting and complete in just a short amount of time. But even more so, and definitely more important, they have to make the stories unique from one another and this is where Beattie falls short. All of the stories are set in Maine and are loosely related to one another. The problem lies in the fact that the writing style is so very similar among them all that it's hard for any of them to stand out.
The real obvious shining star in this collection is "Yancey", the story of a poet who is being audited by the IRS and has to prove that her home office is indeed her work space for poetry and nothing more. It is the interaction between the poet and the auditor that is a solid, unique, and beautiful story. Unfortunately, having finished the book last night before bed, I can't really recall the plot of any other story. And that's the problem, nothing in this book stands out.
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