Thursday, May 31

Book Review: Storm Glass


Title: Storm Glass

Author: Jane Urquhart

Pages: 167

Summary: With stunning virtuosity, the stories in Jane Urquhart's dazzling first book of fiction unearth the universal truths as they reach across countries and eras. A woman runs away to a cotta in the English moors to escape a love affair; shards of glass reconcile a middle-aged wife to her husband's estrangement; a grandmother makes a startling confession from her youth; a young woman discovers herself through the life of an Italian saint; and in a spellbinding story of artistic jealousy, we enter the mind of poet Robert Browning at the end of his life.

Contents
The Death of Robert Browning   
 John's Cottage    

FIVE WHEELCHAIRS   
   - Shoes
   - Dreams
   - Charity 
   - Gift 

The Drawing Master
    
SEVEN CONFESSIONS   
   - Merry-Go-Round- with Approaching Storm 
   - Bossu 
   - Her Golden Curls 
   - The Boat 
   - Artificial Ice 
   - Venetian Glass 
   - Hotel Verbano      

Forbidden Dances 
Italian Postcards 
Storm Glass

My Rating: 8.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: A very enjoyable collection of short stories, by an author I'm really beginning to admire and an author whose works I'm quickly beginning to inhale.

Jane Urquhart's writing really shines in this short story collection. I've only read two novels by the author in the past, and enjoyed them. But she also as a fantastic ability to write short fiction. The voice and flow of the writing are strong throughout the entire collection, even the ones I didn't enjoy as much as others. She really captures the moments of the story, and as a reader, you feel that you've been given a whole story, despite it being a short one.

I particularly liked section called "Wheel Chairs", something about the short stories in this section were really well done. They had some complex characters and observations  in them, despite being so short.  They are up there with my favourites. Her golden curls was also a very well done and emotional story. The author was able to capture a very emotional moment beautiful, and did it with a very short amount of time and background story. It's a short story I'd highly recommend. In fact, the entire collection is one I'd highly recommend. It's a perfect book to read on the deck on a summer day.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, I found this to be an excellent collection of short stories, and if you haven't read anything by the author yet, this may be a good place to start.

What to read next: More by the author,  Anything by Alice Munro, Atwood's Short Fiction



2 comments:

  1. I have not read anything about this author and have just started to read more short stories. I will have to give it a try. Thank you for your informative review.

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    1. If you're just starting to read more short stories, this is a great book for that, and a good choice for a first time read of the author.

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