In the On Impulse series readers are invited to contemplate how we use language. In this collection by Nath Jones, Morgan Kiger has selected thoughtful and witty stories that have a sense of the familiar and the unusual.
With any collection of short stories, it’s rare for readers to love every single one, and so it is (in my case, at least) with this assortment by Nath Jones. Her writing is often witty and sharp, her storytelling skills raise her way above the ordinary, and she has that unerring ability to create a feeling of having been somewhere before that haunts us like half-forgotten memories. Even so, some of these tales left me wondering what happens next (annoying and exciting in equal parts) and I do wonder if a couple of them might spawn a novel at some point. In ‘Pieta’ and ‘Should: How Mommy Ate Her Soul’ she creates female characters who are fascinating, tortured and utterly compelling, while in others, I felt as if I’d missed something important.
All in all, a very thoughtful and clever collection which promises great things for the future.
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