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Posted October 8, 2001
An Outstanding First Collection of Stories
I have to concur with the previous reviewer. This may be the finest collection of short stories to come along in a very long while. Lincoln's writing style, while spare, manages to be evocative. Few can write as she does. The pain and beauty embedded in these stories are authentic and genuine, as are her characters. The author has a real talent for conveying the inner lives of individuals without descending into triteness. Repeatedly she sifts through the theme of the self in conflict with others, and unearths true literary gold. And to think that this is her first collection! How wonderful it is to look forward to new fiction from this yet unacknowledged genius.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 30, 2001
Truly a Suprise
I was surprised at how thoroughly i enjoyed this book! It is a rare book that can touch the soul as tenderly as this delicately woven collection of stories does. An amazing debut by an author who has a true gift for bringing her characters and their worlds right to the readers heart. Her tales center on the various moving experiences of the members of a southern African-American family as told through the voices of its different generations. The simple, sparse writing style enhances the emotional complexity each of her characters face just trying to survive as themselves in a world that is quick to burn the spirit.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.