All Roads Home: A Collection of Short Stories

All Roads Home: A Collection of Short Stories

by Lisa Diaz Meyer

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ISBN-13: 9781478754060
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 04/17/2015
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

The author Lisa Diaz Meyer lives on Long Island, New York with her family. In All Roads Home a book of short stories, poems and plays she breaks down tales of science fiction, sorrow, and romance along with peculiarity, preternaturalness and isolation.

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All Roads Home: A Collection of Short Stories 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From page one of All Roads Home, I was hooked. Diaz Meyer is an exceptional writer who has an incredible way of spinning a sentence that leaves the reader wanting more. Shorter stories are unfamiliar territory for me but this book was a wonderful introduction. My personal favorite story was The Lamb and The Lion which follows the character Louis Moore as grieves the death of his brother. Diaz Meyer had me sucked in from the first sentence 'Louis Moore stared blankly at the can of ashes, wondering how someone's life could just end and in its entirety amount to nothing.' Nothing could tear me away from her words! I can't wait to read her next book "All Roads Destined" which continues the story of The Outposts, the first story in All Roads Home. Five stars aren't enough for this unbelievably talented writer!!
Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
All Roads Home by Lisa Diaz Meyer is a fictional short story collection. Covering several genres, the book is divided into six parts titled The Outposts, The Enduring, The Oddities, The Particulars, The Fragments and The Play Versions. With each section and story being utterly unique, this book really is a mixed bag of offerings. Nowhere is this more obvious than, besides the four sections of short stories all varying greatly in their genre, the collection also consists of a part of poetry and The Play Versions which really are that: five of the stories in the collection written in play format! The first section of the collection deals with a world that is hard hitting. In the story titled The Safe Room, this links back to the previous short story in its representation of women, cancer, and childbearing. With such stark descriptive passages of the cloning and curing process detailed, this section hits upon the more awkward of subjects that aren’t always spoke about comfortably. Dealing with religion verse science, this section may be quite an eye-opener, considering its placing at the very start of the collection, but its subject matter does indeed turn the tables making you question just who, if anybody, has such a right at this stage. The Enduring section starts off with a story which is most certainly that – enduring for its characters. What begins as a heartfelt story of a mother’s struggles quickly turns itself on its head when the story ends. However, nothing physical has changed, her situation remains dire, but she has found peace in her heart and mind and can now approach her situation from a more positive perspective. This story emphasizes Lisa’s ability to change tact and emotion in just a few short pages and sums up the book in its entirety. All of Lisa’s characters, though only with the reader briefly, are very easy at catching our attention and therefore it’s easy to recognize their plight and see the story from their point of view. That Lisa can create such emotions in her readers through characters that appear fleetingly is a wonderful achievement. For me, The Enduring was a favorite section. Packed full of emotions, there is one story where the action begins, plays out and ends in a matter of just two short pages! If you’re not too sure whether this selection of stories is for you, I urge you to read The Christmas Break first. Immediately this highlights Lisa’s fluidity in prose as well as her ability to create a fascinating collection of characters, and all within a few short sentences. With superb powers of observation, a beautiful and haunting writing style on many of the pages, alongside an ability to push topic boundaries (Hitler and Jesus at a dinner party, need I say more!) this is truly a collection you must read for yourself. If Lisa is this good at creating such an enthralling collection of short stories, I can only imagine what she would be like with a full-length fictional novel!
Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
All Roads Home by Lisa Diaz Meyer is a fictional short story collection. Covering several genres, the book is divided into six parts titled The Outposts, The Enduring, The Oddities, The Particulars, The Fragments and The Play Versions. With each section and story being utterly unique, this book really is a mixed bag of offerings. Nowhere is this more obvious than, besides the four sections of short stories all varying greatly in their genre, the collection also consists of a part of poetry and The Play Versions which really are that: five of the stories in the collection written in play format! The first section of the collection deals with a world that is hard hitting. In the story titled The Safe Room, this links back to the previous short story in its representation of women, cancer, and childbearing. With such stark descriptive passages of the cloning and curing process detailed, this section hits upon the more awkward of subjects that aren’t always spoke about comfortably. Dealing with religion verse science, this section may be quite an eye-opener, considering its placing at the very start of the collection, but its subject matter does indeed turn the tables making you question just who, if anybody, has such a right at this stage. The Enduring section starts off with a story which is most certainly that – enduring for its characters. What begins as a heartfelt story of a mother’s struggles quickly turns itself on its head when the story ends. However, nothing physical has changed, her situation remains dire, but she has found peace in her heart and mind and can now approach her situation from a more positive perspective. This story emphasizes Lisa’s ability to change tact and emotion in just a few short pages and sums up the book in its entirety. All of Lisa’s characters, though only with the reader briefly, are very easy at catching our attention and therefore it’s easy to recognize their plight and see the story from their point of view. That Lisa can create such emotions in her readers through characters that appear fleetingly is a wonderful achievement. For me, The Enduring was a favorite section. Packed full of emotions, there is one story where the action begins, plays out and ends in a matter of just two short pages! If you’re not too sure whether this selection of stories is for you, I urge you to read The Christmas Break first. Immediately this highlights Lisa’s fluidity in prose as well as her ability to create a fascinating collection of characters, and all within a few short sentences. With superb powers of observation, a beautiful and haunting writing style on many of the pages, alongside an ability to push topic boundaries (Hitler and Jesus at a dinner party, need I say more!) this is truly a collection you must read for yourself. If Lisa is this good at creating such an enthralling collection of short stories, I can only imagine what she would be like with a full-length fictional novel!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite All Roads Home: A Collection of Short Stories by Lisa Diaz Meyer is the first book in the author's All Roads trilogy, followed by All Roads Destined and All Roads Shattered. This anthology begins with the onset of Meyer's wildly popular and highly rated saga, The Outposts, a story that spans over the course of all three of her compilation books. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, Georgia - who has been raised in secrecy as a boy with the name George - is one of the few women left able to bear children. She makes a daring escape, only to find that while life outside her outpost allows for freedom (and love), the issues that arise can be equally gruesome to the horrors she left behind. All Roads Home also features the first flush of Meyer's delightfully dark poetry and play-writing. In the interests of full disclosure, I feel the need to point out that I read this trilogy backwards. This was unintentional, but in my opinion it lends greater credence to the author's skill that The Outposts, in particular, can be read in any order without losing your way in the story. It's evident that Meyer has experienced genuine growth in her work as the books get better with each release (and given this is the intro, that says quite a lot about her talent). The Outposts might be the star here, but I'm of the opinion that, first and foremost, Meyer is a poet...and an exceptional one at that. I can't recommend this trilogy highly enough, and All Roads Home kicks it off with a sensational launch.
Dennis Diaz More than 1 year ago
Ann Diaz More than 1 year ago
Love this new author. Her characters are colorful and come to life. The Outposts are excellent and I love short stories and poems. They bring tears to my eyes.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ryan Jordan for Readers' Favorite All Roads Home: A Collection of Short Stories by Lisa Diaz Meyer is a collection of self-described bizarre stories, poems, and plays. It starts off with a bang with the series of Outpost stories, which were often raucous, engaging and full of personality. This is followed with a series of stories under the heading The Enduring, and these are a lot more relatable and humanistic stories. The first of these is about a grandfather who went missing on Christmas and trying to find out what is happening or if something is wrong. The short story ends without a lot of resolution, but it does propose hope and faith as a solution for handling problems with dignity. I did enjoy this story quite a bit, because I think it is a common human situation to be worried about our parents as they get older. When they go wandering or missing, it can be as dangerous as a toddler heading out into the world, and I think it was very easy to relate to. The next story deals with another social issue with a character worried about how to tell his family he is gay, though the story steers clear of delving too deeply into this situation or challenging the reader too much with actually addressing the problems. It felt more like stories about awareness and being introduced to topics rather than solving them. I liked the Fragments section of poetry as well, particularly enjoying the poem Waiting. All Roads Home: A Collection of Short Stories by Lisa Diaz Meyer is an interesting and provocative volume of stories and poems and people who want a varied body of work will enjoy this quite a bit. I enjoyed that it was broken up by different kinds of writing. Well done!
Viking More than 1 year ago
Captivating and interesting read!