The twenty-six A to Z stories, based on the twenty-six letters of the alphabet, cover a wide spectrum. The focus is on a crucial juncture when a character's life changes, for the better or worse, because of a choice or decision.
The stories also question our moral compass: how do you judge a teacher toying with the sexuality of her teenaged student? A boy who decides to murder his mother? What thoughts rage inside a pedophile serial killer before he shoots himself?
Some of the characters in the stories confront death, others talk about life with its quirks and whimsies. Each voice, ranging in age from a six-year-old to a centenarian, has its own riveting story to tell. Together, this collection of stories at over 12000 words attempts to prove that when it comes to stories, depth can sometimes replace length and breadth.
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About the Author
D.Biswas lives more in her head than in this world, adores her husband, and loves her pet fish and plants. She is an established writer for magazines and journals. Her short fiction has been published in the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Muse India and in print anthologies by Marshall Cavendish, Monsoon Books, and MPH publications.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In imitation of the spirit in which this ebook was written, I intended to allow myself one story per day, but it wasn't long before I exceeded my ration. It's overall a dark book, yet sprinkled by many points of light, and who doesn't enjoy a night sky? The uniqueness of each tale makes you curious about the next, pulling you on. I enjoyed this author's ability to insert "keepers" into her stories, little observations which lodge themselves in your mind because of their truth. One of my favorites is, "Love enters later in life through the cracks left by the first heartbreak." I would recommend this book without reservation.
D. Biswas lures the reader into fascinating and powerful glimpses of humanity in her A TO Z STORIES OF LIFE AND DEATH. From god-like nature in "A for Aquarium" to orphans in India in "G for Girls" to loss of a child in "N for Nothing" and more, these flash fiction stories encompass the realm of human emotions and invoke philosophical discussions on life and death. Each piece from A to Z needs to be savored. These are not flash fiction pieces read on a whim. Biswas engages the reader through beautiful and dark imagery and a sense of poetry in each word. This collection isn't only about life and death, but human nature and emotions bloom in every piece. The reader tastes the grittiness of life for orphans in India to vengeance for wrongs committed. Some stories invoke the fantastical, nearly whimsical with touching undertones that pull at the heart. Some of my favorite pieces included "C for Commas," "G for Girls," "J for Jasoda's Children," and "Y for Youth." D. Biswas's literary flash fiction collection is not for the faint of heart. A TO Z STORIES OF LIFE AND DEATH will linger in your mind through their gritty, dark, and most of all beautiful tales long after you read them.