DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Publication Date; August 18th, 2015
I read quite a bit of short story collections and most often I find the book is filled with average stories with a few great ones sprinkled in. This was exactly my sentiment as I began reading Fortune Smiles. I was wrong. Completely and utterly wrong. This book is filled with amazing, brilliant, beautiful and dark stories that grab the reader and just don't let go.
Right out of the gate, the book starts with a powerful story about a husband's love and devotion to his paralyzed, dying wife. Through the means of new technology hes invented, he is able to connect with her in ways not possible before. Second up is a moving story about life in New Orleans after Katrina, focusing on the relationship between a UPS driver, a government worker, and a child he has picked up. All of their lives intertwine and he is forced to face a decision that can change his life forever.
The middle of the book gets tough, though not for a lack of incredible, breathtaking writing. Its just that the subject matter gets dark and in the case of the shocking, grotesque, punch-you-in-the-gut story Dark Meadow, sometimes its hard to read. Warning for those of you who can't handle such subject matter, you may want to skip this one but in my opinion, its the best of the book.
The book ends with the story Fortune Smiles and in my experience, it was my least favorite. I just couldn't focus on the characters or the plot line but don't let that sway you from picking up this jewel of a book. Easily the best short story collection I have ever read.
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