The Weight of a Feather: and Other Stories by Judy Croome
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Aztar Press; 1 edition (October 22, 2013)
“The promise implicit in an anthology is that it aspires to present something different, unexpected” ~ Joyce Carol Oates (Introduction to The Oxford Book of American Short Stories)
From the classical form of ‘The Weight of a Feather’, first published by The Huffington Post (2013), to the suggestive allegory of ‘The Leopard and The Lizard’, this collection of short stories by South African author Judy Croome is an ideal mix of the familiar and the startling.
These vibrant slices of life testify to the mysterious and luminous resources of the human spirit. Whether feeling the harrowing emotion in ‘The Last Sacrifice’ or the jauntiness of ‘Jannie Vermaak’s New Bicycle’, the reader will delight in a plethora of stories that cross boundaries to both challenge and entertain with their variety.
I love a good short story antholgy, and this book didn’t let me down. Each story was well written and short enough so that if I needed to stop to do something else, I could without struggling to get to the end, since I don’t like stopping in the middle of a chapter. The only problem with that is that I read a lot in bed before going to sleep, and I kept telling myself “the stories are short, I can read one more” over and over (not that I’m complaining).
There is such a variety of themes to the stories in this book that you never get bored. You’re in one place and time one minute, and a completely different place and time the next. It kept me excited to see what the next story would be.
I think everyone, even those not to keen on short stories would enjoy this book. It would be great to carry with you to read during short breaks and when you have a free moment here and there.
This will be a book I read again and again.
Shortlisted in the African Writing Flash Fiction 2011 competition, Judy has numerous other short stories and poems published in journals and anthologies, both internationally and in South Africa. Some of Judy’s short stories can be read free on-line in places as diverse as The Huffington Post’s “Featured Fifty Fiction” series, and the University of Witwatersrand’s School of Literature, Language and Media ITCH magazine. Judy’s novel “Dancing in the Shadows of Love” and her debut poetry collection “a Lamp at Midday” are currently available.
A vegetarian, Judy loves cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, cats, rainy days, ancient churches with their ancient graveyards, cats, meditation and solitude. Oh, and cats. Judy loves cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.)
Join her on Twitter @judy_croome or visit her at www.judycroome.com