It Takes You Over

It Takes You Over

by Nick Healy
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MNR More than 1 year ago
“It takes you over”, by Nick Healy, is a ten piece collection of short stories that can best be described as saying less to mean more. These assortments are best reminiscent of author Raymond Carver with a small-town Midwest twist that keeps a reader involved with the lives of the hearty characters. The use of simple, but thoughtful language, can be explained as words being chosen carefully that often read as subtle. These tales make for remarkably powerful characters that seem to be inspired greatly by the minimalist genre. One of the several captivating piece from the collection, entitled “Lives of Great Northerners”, forecasts the nervous daughter of a railroad worker named Marilyn as she tries to hide the truth of her father from the I.R.S. The story incorporates a unique history of the railroad in Minnesotan and uses flashbacks to change perspective from past day to present day. “Not funny”, another well-written piece in the collection, takes the monotonous life of a married couple and involves them in an altercation resulting from the twisting of words. This eventually turns into an even larger, twisted ending that clears their names from the local media and lets them hit the restart button. The most remarkable part of the collection is how realistic the characters are constructed. Less concern is placed upon details and setting, but more is laid on the feelings and emotions on the characters. This is highlighted through the use of simple language that is often chosen carefully and thoughtfully to make each word count. “It takes you over”, by Nick Healy, is an honest gathering of people caught in different situations that make the reader care about what is happening to them, and the world around them.
Gallagher_Bookworm More than 1 year ago
Nick Healy’s collection of short stories, it takes you over gives you a front row seat into the lives of others and their heartaches, troubles, view and conceptions. This book allows you to start reading wherever you want to. Each collection of short stories redefines what you think you know about love, friendship, family relationships and so on from the perspective of others. If you ever wanted to know what others do behind closed door or wanted to be in the life of another, you get a chance to walk in his/ her shoes and explore their lives. Each main character of their short story gives significant detail throughout that lets you in to their world. The book lets you be the character. Nick Healy embraces short story telling by delving all your senses though a powerful connection, which uses all three, types of grammatical person, which is very unusual to find in one book. Nick Healy knows how to divulge your senses but maybe some parts are surprisingly too detailed straying into too much information being given. ‘It takes you over’ into other worlds and minds as they navigate through life.
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MissBoswell13 More than 1 year ago
Nick Healy’s “It Takes you Over” is collection of short stories that weaves throughout the present, past and future. Healy’s ability to capture the female perspective from different ages through internal thought and dialogue is as captivating as it is surreal. Still sticking to his roots with many Minnesota settings, Healy’s specific attention to description give the readers that aren’t from the Midwest vivid imagery to mull over. In prose style writing, he uses narratives to his advantage making sure each story has distinctive characters and plots, yet they are still tied together uniquely with realistic lives that anyone at any age can relate to. From the struggles of illness and love in “Ashes and Death” to the struggles of family roles in “Squirt”, Healy gives you an array of emotions that will leave the reader understanding real life experiences with authentic characters. Healy does not try to embellish his stories with heroism or epiphanies but with characterizations of lifelike situations. Healy’s strength in this collection lies in each of the short stories ability to attain its own voice, even though they all are specifically different, they are still tied together exceptionally with accurate emotions and believable plots. Healy does what few writers can do with a short story which is get to the root of the simplistic situations of each character and pull it from the soil for all eyes to see. Although not every story has a happy ending, Healy manages for there to be either a smile, sigh of relief or sign of hope that shines through, and ultimately makes the reader want to reach for more.  ‘