The Weight of a Feather: and Other Stories

The Weight of a Feather: and Other Stories

by Judy Croome


View All Available Formats & Editions
Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
  • Want it by Thursday, October 18  Order now and choose Expedited Shipping during checkout.


The Weight of a Feather: and Other Stories by Judy Croome

"The promise implicit in an anthology is that it aspires to present something different, unexpected" ~ Joyce Carol Oates
(Introduction to The Oxford Book of American Short Stories)

From the classical form of 'The Weight of a Feather', first published by The Huffington Post (2013), to the suggestive allegory of 'The Leopard and The Lizard', this collection of short stories by South African author Judy Croome is an ideal mix of the familiar and the startling.

These vibrant slices of life testify to the mysterious and luminous resources of the human spirit. Whether feeling the harrowing emotion in 'The Last Sacrifice' or the jauntiness of 'Jannie Vermaak's New Bicycle', the reader will delight in a plethora of stories that cross boundaries to both challenge and entertain with their variety.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780987044730
Publisher: Aztar Press
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Judy Croome lives and writes in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shortlisted in the African Writing Flash Fiction 2011 competition, Judy's short stories and poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, both local (Itch) and international (The Huffington Post). The author of a collection of poetry "a Lamp at Midday" (2012) and a spiritual novel "Dancing in the Shadows of Love" (2011), Judy is currently researching child murders for her next novel. Judy loves her family, cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, cats, rainy days, ancient churches with their ancient graveyards, cats, meditation and solitude. Oh, and cats. Judy loves cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.) Visit or follow on Twitter @judy_croome

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The Weight of a Feather: and Other Stories 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TheGrandShuckett More than 1 year ago
I’m usually not one for short stories, but I figured I would give The Weight of a Feather and Other Stories a shot because, let’s face it, I thought “The Weight of a Feather” sounded pretty cool.  I also really liked the cover art, and I hoped the old advice “don’t judge a book by its cover” wouldn’t come back to haunt me. What I Liked: Judy Croome definitely has a way with words.  Her descriptions were quite vivid and truly created new worlds.  I am largely unfamiliar with South Africa, but her stories made me feel like I was there.  Also, her characters were unforgettable.  Each unique and round, they effectively brought her stories to life. What I Didn’t Like: As sound as the quality of Judy Croome’s writing was, the subject matter was definitely not up my alley.  I’m the kind of person who wants a happy ending every time, or at least a neutral one.  I like to feel good after I’ve read something.  I know that reality is not always happy, but that’s the exact reason I usually stick to fiction.  I use books to transport myself away from reality. Arguably, the stories nowhere near mimicked my reality, but the situations and events in almost every story included in The Weight of a Feather and Other Stories were dismally depressing or disturbing. No matter how wonderfully and creatively an author describes the sacrificial rape and slaughter of a young woman, I still do not want to read about it. I hoped very much that I would come across a happy story that would redeem the collection for me, but the happiest stories were about seemingly fat people turning on a fan and a man who sold his wife for a bike. Overall: The Weight of a Feather and Other Stories was a well-written but semi-depressing collection of short stories, one I would not recommend to other happy-go-lucky readers like myself. Rating: 2.75 / 5 Stars
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
I love a good short story anthology, and this book didn’t let me down. Each story was well written and short enough so that if I needed to stop to do something else, I could without struggling to get to the end, since I don’t like stopping in the middle of a chapter. The only problem with that is that I read a lot in bed before going to sleep, and I kept telling myself “the stories are short, I can read one more” over and over (not that I’m complaining). There is such a variety of themes to the stories in this book that you never get bored. You’re in one place and time one minute, and a completely different place and time the next. It kept me excited to see what the next story would be. I think everyone, even those not to keen on short stories would enjoy this book. It would be great to carry with you to read during short breaks and when you have a free moment here and there. This will be a book I read again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book.  I often find, that while I like to read, I don't have the time to devote to a whole book.  This book was perfect, I could steal a few minutes for myself here and there, get a story or poem read and feel like I accomplished something. 
reignbough1973 More than 1 year ago
It has been awhile since I read a collection of short stories. I was a little worried I might not be able to get into it because I generally tend to read very long novels, and I particularly enjoy series of novels (i.e. Stephen King's Dark Tower series, George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series). I needn't have worried. I enjoyed Judy Croome's collection of short stories from beginning to end. Particular favorites include: Born Beneath a Balsamic Moon, Umbrella in the Snow, A Dish Best Eaten Cold, The Leopard and the Lizard, and The Last Sacrifice. Believe me, the irony is not lost on me that the stories I enjoyed most in Weight of a Feather were all of the longer variety. I always enjoy stories set in surroundings and times unfamiliar to me, it makes me feel a bit like a world traveler as I descend into each new tale. I think that's why I prefer long novels, it prolongs the journey and provides a satisfyingly long and languid experience as I "live" inside the story. Weight of a Feather was a nice change of pace. I was very satisfied with the extremely wide range of subject matter and differing tones of each tale. I often find myself (when reading longer novels) losing track of time and reading "just one more chapter" and then another and then another, until the wee hours of the morning - often resulting in self-recrimination for not exercising more control over my passion for reading as I yawn my way through the day, struggling not to give in to the temptation for a nap. Croome's collection made for perfect bedtime reading, providing a natural stopping place as I paused to ponder each story before moving on to the next. In short, I highly recommend Judy Croome's Weight of a Feather to anyone interested in expanding their literary range.
Stressed_Rach More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. I have not read a short story anthology before so when this book tour came up it was the perfect opportunity to see what exactly a short story anthology was. In The Weight of a Feather and Other Stories is lots of very short stories, some just a page long some a few pages long. I particularly enjoyed the original story The Weight of a Feather because the story was similar to what my husband experienced as a child with his chicken being dished up for dinner after school. I also liked Umbrella in the Snow although I enjoyed many of the short stories these two stood out to me. Some I just didn’t  ‘get’ as they were so short. I liked this book because it is great for short time fillers like when I was at the doctor’s surgery waiting to be seen and at the dentist. I could finish one or two stories in the time I sat waiting. It was very well written and I would love to read more from Judy Croome.
Jenny1977 More than 1 year ago
Very Addicting  At first, I was a little leery about reading this book because it is out of my genre, but I never turn down a book without giving it a chance. I must say that I am glad that I gave this book a chance, because it is a phenomenal Classical Anthology that I will not forget and will want to re-read over again. This is a remarkable book with many short stories that have either captured my heart and soul, or made me smile. The stories flowed so well and so real that I felt as if I was living in these stories. I absolutely loved each and every story but my favorite out of them all is 'A Dish Best Eaten Cold'. These stories either had me pondering them as I read each one. This book is delightfully entertaining and brings out things that you would least expect in each story told. I was entranced from beginning to end. It was extremely hard to put the book down once I started reading it. I highly recommend this book to all. Be prepared for something totally different, yet very addicting and this anthology will keep you wanting to read more of this author's work.  I received a paperback copy of this book for a blog tour in return for an honest review.
Leonie-Anderson More than 1 year ago
This is an eclectic collection of short stories that can be read over and over again. There is a story to suit every mood: heart-rending and emotional, warm and humorous, poignant and deeply spiritual...and always thought-provoking. This intriguing volume will definitely be taking up permanent residence on my bookshelf, and I look forward to reading more from this talented author.