Friday, December 5, 2014

Thunderstruck and Other Stories

Losses. We can seem so different from other people and then something happens that pierces us and we recognize ourselves as having so much in common with others. In the collection of nine short stories by Elizabeth McCracken titled Thunderstruck, the characters at first can seem so different: their losses are not our losses, their pain and grief are not our pain. Somehow McCracken finds the universal experience in the human behavior of characters who upon second or third reflection are just like us. The finest fiction accomplishes this deft trick: using some different reality from our own to enliven the world in which we live and then lead us to deeper love and understanding. McCracken’s writing in each story accomplished this feat, and those readers who appreciate fine writing will enjoy this collection. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Thunderstruck from

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