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Posted July 17, 2011
Strongly Reminiscent of Shirley Jackson
This was my foray into magical realism and Heather Fowler did not disappoint. I loved it! Much like Shirley Jackson's short fiction the stories stayed with you, ordinary situations gone strangely awry. I heartily recommend it for anyone who loves short stories!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 14, 2011
This is a brilliant collection of magical realism stories that will have you laughing out loud while the characters sneak up behind you and gently break your heart. Heather Fowler has created some uniquely memorable characters (talking birds, avant-garde robots, disintegrating boys) -- all in search of love in one way or another -- in whom we can identify and explore our own longings, failures, and redemptions. The prose is impressive for it's poetic lyricism alone, but it is also so evocative that you can taste what the characters taste, smell what they smell -- the language is tactile and cinematic but also thought-provoking and allegorical in the tradition of classic literary fiction. Add to all of this a twist of magic reminiscent of your favorite fables and fairy tales and you have a page-turner that will keep you guessing and wanting more. Don't miss this beautiful debut collection from a unique and talented literary voice!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.