In my attempts to expand my reading life, I have decided that I will be reading more short stories this year.  And this collection was a great place to start.

I met Lesley at Heartland Fall Forum in October where she was a speaker at the Adult Author Dinner and I was lucky enough to get to sit at her table.  Her talk was absolutely beautiful and I knew her book would also be great.  (Wow, I finished two books today and they were both books by authors from this dinner.)

I read this book on my lunch breaks, looking forward to getting to take a break and enter one of the many different stories that Lesley has masterfully created.  Some take place in a very recognizable world while others take place in very interesting and conceptual places.  Each story was completely new and different and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen.

Each time I finished a story, I felt both satisfied and yet wanting more, which is the exact way I want to feel while reading a short story.  Lesley beautifully crafted each and every moment to perfectly mess with the readers emotions.  Sometimes I would end up returning to work in complete shock because of a twist or turn at the end of a story.

Sadly, this book doesn’t come out until April but trust me, it’s worth the wait.  Keep an eye out for Lesley Nneka Arimah.  She is going to take the literary world by storm.


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