Genre: Short Story Collection
Author Len Joy says he’d write short fiction as a change of pace when he’d get stalled writing one of his two novels. He describes this collection as mostly being stories about “people who have lost something and are trying to find a way to move on with their lives.”
A small-town boy from upstate New York, Len Joy headed off for college and eventually ended up with a corporate job in Chicago. In addition to his writing (he’s written two novels plus this collection) Mr Joy is a nationally ranked triathlete.
This collection of short stories fit the bill for me. As the author describes this collection, most of the stories are about someone who lost something and are trying to find a way to move on with their lives. I find I like to read stories like these. First, whatever happens to the people in the stories, it is always worse than whatever I might be complaining about in my own life at the time. It’s a good reminder that things could be worse. But even more I like to ponder the situation the characters find themselves in, ponder on how I think I would react if faced with the same situation, and consider how I or their actions and reactions could be improved. I found these stories to be entertaining and thought provoking.
Some adult language.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 20-25,000 words