Loss. There are six works of short fiction in Ann Packer’s new collection, Swim Back to Me. These are either short stories or novellas, depending on how one draws that distinction. In each story, Packer presents the emotional tension in relationships, and explores the many forms of loss we experience throughout life. While I find Packer’s longer fiction to be outstanding (I loved The Dive from Clauson’s Pier), there was something too quirky about these stories that left me wishing for any of these stories to be longer and more complete. She’s a great writer, and even lesser work from her is far better than that of most writers. Readers who like fiction that reflects the complexity of human behavior and that contains psychological insight are those most likely to enjoy this collection.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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