Monday, July 29, 2013

Late Lights, by Kara Weiss

Very rarely does one person's story unfold without affecting the stories of others.  As children, Monty, BJ, and Erin saw themselves as equals; as they grew and evolved, each child took their own path, illuminating the differences between the three.  Yet no matter where they go and what they choose, they all still seem to have  a bearing on each other.

I am really quite a fan of short story collections where the characters and stories are interwoven.  This book is yet another example of why this style appeals to me.  We get to see the characters from different angles and points of view, which allows us to have a clearer image.  We get to see this trio of characters interact in different ways and with different combinations of people, and we find that each, in some way, is wounded.  Each, in some way, is abused or unloved, and feels less than the others.  They cannot seem to notice that their feelings of inadequacy is probably their greatest uniting factor.

I really thought the characters were well developed.  They each have their own stories to tell, and by breaking them up into short story form, we get intimate flashes of each character.  I particularly loved that, while reading, I had no preconceived notions of the appearance of the characters (for the most part; Monty's enthnicity is described, as is BJs hair), which to me meant these characters could be, and in many ways are, all of us.

This is a very quick read, but it is intensely emotional, with a lot of stuff below the surface.  Even though you will get through it quickly, you will need a little time to digest it.  Fans of short stories, particularly interwoven collections, will enjoy this book.

I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.  See the rest of the tour here.

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