Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Literary Fiction/Short Story
Approximate word count: 30-35,000 words
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Currently a lecturer at the University of Miami, E. Thomas Finan is a native of Massachusetts where he attended college, culminating in a PhD in literature and philosophy from Boston University. Finan’s short play, Reunion, premiered at the Provincetown Theater Company. For more, visit the author’s website.
A short story collection with various takes on the human condition, “The Other Side focuses on moments of personal growth as well as times of falling short---on the emotional hinges, defeats, and victories of life.”
Upon reflection, the seven stories in this collection appear to be more different than alike. The lengths vary. The focal characters are both male and female. They’re rich, poor, and in between. They cover the full emotional range, from happy to sad. Yet the collection holds together because they all seem real, both the people and their tales. No reader will read each story and say, “I’ve been there,” but everyone will be able to say they got a glimpse of The Other Side.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four stars