A collection of quirky, supernatural tales that explore the dark side of the human psyche. In ‘A Purveyor of Odd Things’, we meet a plodding but hard-working detective who sets out to solve a puzzling phenomenon. Then there’s the two sisters in ‘Martha’s Kitchen’ who long for the old days when the members of their community stayed together. Finally, an argumentative couple make a classic mistake that leads to a strange meeting on a lonely road.
This book of stories has been on my to-read list for a long time, so I’m happy to have finally found time to enjoy it. Ernesto San Giacomo’s tales are varied and interesting in style and language. His characters in the first tale (my favourite), were lovingly created and well-drawn, though it felt a little as though they’d been cut-off-in-their-prime, as I’d hoped to see more of them before the denouement. However, I loved the simple observations and details of the story and the ingenuity of the author’s ideas. The other two tales were equally well crafted, and I couldn’t help wonder what delights this writer might serve up on a longer piece of work.
An excellent collection that promises well for the future.