"Like many of the best story tellers, Cornelia Fick is funny." J. Bekker-Thesen"What was most fascinating for me was the beautiful and elegant writing. It is clean and polished, laden with vivid and beautiful descriptions (this) is a gorgeous treat for fans of flash fiction and the short story." Five star review from Reader's FavoriteFor lovers of literary and experimental fiction, Cornelia Fick's debut collection is written with a compassionate eye for the fragile positions of women, the dispossessed and the poor. While experimenting with different styles and forms of storytelling, Fick displays an acute insight into the mysteries of human nature. Get a slice of life in a small South Africa town in 'Belinda'; take a cheeky look at love in 'Love At First Bite'; and delve into an abusive relationship in 'To Die For'.This is an accomplished and thought-provoking collection, infused with wit, insight and humor, all the while examining the decay and unseen emotional damage caused by inequality. These short stories are essential for fans of the medium, and will intrigue any reader. "A truly beautiful collection that deserves its place on any literary-lover's bookshelf." T. Williams
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About the Author
Cornelia Fick, also known as Colleen Lynn, is a South African writer. She recently completed the MA in Creative Writing at Rhodes University. A nurse by profession, she worked for a number of years as editor of a primary health care magazine, and as a freelance writer for Takalani Sesame (radio and TV). Her poems and short stories are published in local and international literary magazines and anthologies: Itch, Botsotso, Soho Square V (Bloomsbury), Experimental Writing Volume 1, Africa VS Latin America, Ladyboxbooks.com and Atlanta Review. She lives in Johannesburg with her family and two dogs.
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite Eye of a Needle: And Other Stories by Cornelia Fick is a gorgeous collection of short and long stories, each suffused with unique literary elements to entertain readers. The author captures the reality of South Africa in vivid detail, in a voice that is clear and absorbing. In “The Beggar,” the reader meets the “homeless writer” and the circumstances that led him to miss his big dreams and set up a home under the bridge. “Opposites Attract” features great storytelling skills. There are stories of varying lengths, each looking at a fragment of life through the narrator’s eyes, and at times the reader can feel the indictment of the powers that be for the poverty and injustice, or a celebration of love. This collection features an exciting and delightful blend of flash fiction and longer stories. The shorter ones are tightly written, and the reader feels teased and wanting more once they complete reading each story. The writing itself has many elements of seduction woven into its fabric. The longer stories feature compelling characters, great plots, and well-developed themes. Some of the themes — love, social issues, poverty — are recurrent in several stories. The characters that animate the plot lines are well-imagined, most of them are plucked from ordinary life, and are well-sculpted. What was most fascinating for me was the beautiful and elegant writing. It is clean and polished, laden with vivid and beautiful descriptions. Eye of a Needle: And Other Stories is a gorgeous treat for fans of flash fiction and the short story, and Cornelia Fick comes across as a mistress of the genre.