Elizabeth Stuckey-French is a co-author of Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft -- probably the premier textbook on writing literary fiction -- so you might say that she's literally a "writer's writer." In this collection she lives up to the expectations such a title might generate. These stories are beautifully crafted; there isn't a one of them that I felt was too long or too hurried, that faltered in its ending or had unrealistic characters, or indeed, had any flaws of writing whatsoever. But I hasten to add that these aren't "just" neatly written stories; they are warm, insightful, deeply human, and just plain fun to read as well. The great pleasure to be found in these stories is mainly in their characters. Another review referred to them as "square-peg characters," and that fits*; they are unusual, quirky people, full of individuality and life, and portrayed with great sensitivity and realism.
*Unintentional pun, honest!
- Hardcover: 203 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (1 July 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385498934
- ISBN-13: 978-0385498937
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
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