Friday, December 2, 2011

Zellwood: A Dog Story / Rebecca Stroud

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Short Story / Literary Fiction

Approximate word count: 1600 words

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Rebecca Stroud loves animals. In addition to working as a reporter and newspaper columnist her career has included a series of jobs with animal hospitals, wildlife sanctuaries, and the SPCA as well as being politically active in issues involving animals. In addition to this short story, Stroud has four other works available from Amazon for your Kindle: a small short story collection (Three Dog Night), a novella (Do Unto Others), a novel (Devil’s Moon), and a volume called The Animal Advocate, which is a collection of her previously published newspaper columns. She has a blog, also called The Animal Advocate, if you’d like to find out more.


“Have you ever lost a beloved pet? Have you grieved and mourned yet still feel empty? May the road to Zellwood help you find an end to that sad journey.”


A short story, done well, is almost like story concentrate. No filler or spare words, yet still including what needs saying. If properly focused there is still plenty of room for evocative description, needed back-story, and characterization, without feeling as though something important was left out. This is one of those short stories, done well.

It is a story of loss and, although the narrator doesn’t like the term, closure. A story about pets, how we relate to them, and how they relate to us.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: ***** Five stars

1 comment:

Rebecca Stroud said...

Al - Cannot thank you enough for the stellar review. As "Zellwood" is my favorite work - albeit a very short one - it made my heart sing to read that you loved it, too.