Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Bad, The Good, and Two Fly Fishing Women / Randy Kadish

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Short Story / Literary Fiction

Approximate word count: 10-15,000 words

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Randy Kadish’ writing has appeared in flyfishing journals and magazines. His stories often combine his love of fishing with people struggling to do good while fighting their demons. He has a novel and an additional short story available for your Kindle. Kadish’s fishing tips and more information about his book and stories can be found on his website.


Abandoned by her mother, Amanda is raised by her father and grandmother. When her grandmother is diagnosed with cancer, Amanda experiences a crisis. Angry at the world, an unexpected lesson teaches how to forgive.


As a character study of Amanda, the narrator of the story, and her grandmother, The Bad, The Good, and Two Fly Fishing Women is a pleasant enough read. The story captures the special relationship a grandparent and grandchild often have. But this isn’t enough to carry a story.

The apparent goal is for Amanda to reach some kind of closure, understanding or at least forgiving her mother after she leaves her and her father for another man. The description says Amanda’s experiences teach her to forgive her mother, and the story ends with her doing that. However, I’m still not certain how Amanda went from point A to point B. Whether I’m too dense to put the pieces together or the points are too subtle, I’m not sure.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: *** Three stars


Thea Atkinson said...

well done review. I like the critical assessment in your pieces. Thanks, Al

BooksAndPals said...

Thanks, Thea.

Anonymous said...

Al, thanks so much for your review. Readers can read an extended excerpt on my website or through Smashwords.


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