Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Lisa's Review: Delicate Edible Birds

I can't think of many people I know who seek out short stories or short story collections as consistent reading material. I can count on three fingers the number of short stories, I've sought out in the past few years, maybe even my post-college/adult life. Brokeback Mountain and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Lame. I know and as much as I would like to prove that I'm not that lame, I can't remember the name of the 3rd story.*

Suffice it to say I came to Delicate Edible Birds a little unsure what to expect, so this was an interesting read. As I read, I noticed a theme emerging tying the stories together. None of the stories are similar to another, even the tone of the opening paragraph of each story is very different. Each story revolved one main female character, each from a different walk of life, living in a different time period and their story told from a different point of view. These are some of the attributes that made me love the entire collection, with Lucky Chow Fun, L. DeBard & Aliette, and Blythe standing out as favorites.

And though each story on it's own isn't a winner, it's clear that Lauren Groff is exceptionally talented writer and this collection of short stories is all the evidence needed.

Final Take: 3.75/5

* Remember that 3rd short story I mentioned further up? In short, it's about a guy who is on some sort of journey and somehow comes to the realization he's dead. I'll give you a $20 gift certificate to Amazon if you can tell me the name of it.


Serena March 11, 2009 at 11:16 AM  

I almost want to say its the sixth sense, but that can't be right. LOL

Stephanie March 11, 2009 at 2:57 PM  

I'm taking a guess here, but could it be a story from John Connelly's short story collection Nocturns?

Meg89 March 11, 2009 at 6:24 PM  

If you're interested in short stories, Amy Bloom has a wonderful collection called Come to Me. It was the first book that made me enjoy the short story genre.

windycindy March 16, 2009 at 10:21 AM  

I think it is called "Dead Man!"
Thanks, Cindi

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