Spirits of Place
Now for something completely different:
Spirits of Place is an ebook (Kindle) of seven very short stories each of which is around a thousand words long. The following is from the book description.
Set in the near past and present, this collection of seven short-short stories and four paintings evokes the deep relationship between each narrator’s identity and the places in which they live, to show—or imply—its effect upon the choices they make in their lives. In some stories, the choice is clear: the young narrator of Cathy Robinson chooses not to drown her playmate, and in Walpurgisnacht, the young-middle-aged narrator tries to help her best friend from college heal with a bonfire. The narrator of Macy grows aware of a garden’s spirit of place, its genius loci, and in time becomes a real gardener, a “maker of Edens.” The problematic relationships between fathers and daughters and husbands and wives weave through all the stories. Young narrators tell the funny/frightening Halloween tale in At the Crossroads, and the traumatic loss of a sacred space in The Firmament. Older narrators confront their bitterness at a loss of identity in Post-Op, and at the heartbreaking release from denial in Lease on Life.
I have to declare an interest at this point – Meg is my long suffering and wonderfully supportive wife. In other words I am extremely biased but this book really is excellent. It is the first time that Meg has put any of her fiction up for public scrutiny so it is a nervous time. Saying that, she is certainly pleased with the response so far (and not just from family).
Spirits of Place is available from here for free today:
Please give it a go and see what you think.
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