Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “On the Edge of a Raindrop,” by Sarah Brentyn
IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:
When You’re on the Edge, It’s Easy to Fall.These are stories of lives on the edge. A girl tortured by the world within her. A boy powerless to escape his home. A mother doomed to live with her greatest mistake. A man lost in a maze of grief.Each raindrop provides a microscopic mirror of ourselves and those around us. But we can’t always trust what we see. The distorted images disorient the mind, altering our view of reality.This second collection of flash and micro fiction explores the depths of the human condition and the fragile surface of our perceptions.Dive into these tales of darkness and discover what life is like On the Edge of a Raindrop Author’s Note: Each selection is approximately 100 words, with a bonus section of Microbursts in which each story is told in 50 words or less.
I enjoy reading short story collections and was intrigued by this anthology. This was my first introduction to flash fiction and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Not only did I find the cover intriguing, but the book’s title reached out and grabbed me. And yet, it was the introduction to the book that really drew me in:
“There is a world inside a drop of water. Molecules desperately clinging to one another to keep the surface tension strong. To keep from being broken. That bond is at once sturdy and fragile. It keeps the drop together but, with one seemingly small act, can burst. These are the lives depicted in this book. On the Edge of a Raindrop explores the darker elements of human nature.” Author, Sarah Brentyn
Brentyn sections this flash fiction collection into three categories: Mindscapes, Lifelines, and Microbursts featuring stories to evoke emotional responses from the reader. The first two sections feature stories around 100 words each. The last section was filled with 50-word snapshots of micro-fiction, much like mind-photos, whose mental images literally flashed in my brain.
I read these stories slowly savoring the words and connecting to her prose much in the same way I do with poetry. These story impressions led me into the dark recesses of the author’s mind, ever mindful of the lives of her characters and how they hung at the edge of the raindrop.
Some of the stories were dark and haunting, and I couldn’t believe how many emotions were stirred up in me after reading so few words. I found many of the microbursts to be humorous leaving me wanting more.
This was a quick read but one that left me wanting to know more about writing flash fiction, which then led me to create some of my own pieces. What an added bonus! Thanks for the inspiration, Sarah Brentyn.
Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies
*I follow the Amazon Rating System*
Author, Sarah Brentyn
About the Author:
Sarah Brentyn is an introvert who believes anything can be made better with soy sauce and wasabi.
She loves words and has been writing stories since she was nine years old. She talks to trees and apologizes to inanimate objects when she bumps into them.
When she’s not writing, you can find her strolling through cemeteries or searching for fairies.
She hopes to build a vacation home in Narnia someday. In the meantime, she lives with her family and a rainbow-colored, wooden cat who is secretly a Guardian.
You can find her online at http://www.sarahbrentyn.com
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