“These are ceaselessly inventive stories, witty, wry, and wondrous, by turn, and all graced with an emotional sincerity that ensure they never dip into mere whimsy. This is speculative fiction with both a head and a heart.” -Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl. (From the cover)
THE THING ABOUT GREAT WHITE SHARKS and Other Stories is that it is a collection of fine boned stories that connect in the present moment, while drawing close history and future into the reader’s comprehension while evolving into a truly original possibility.
I grabbed the Uncorrected, Unproofed book as I was heading for a doctor’s appointment. One more stories and one more test turned into an incredible 9 hour waiting event and THE THING ABOUT GREAT WHITE SHARKS held my attention through each test and waiting for an outcome. The stories grabbed hold of the mind’s eye and held on until the story stopped. The stories swirled around in my head while sleep was induced and pain relieved. My advocate perused the stories while I rested.
The chapter titles caught my attention:
- Tiger Brigh
- What to Expect When You’re expecting an Alien Parasite
- Melville loves Hawthorne
- The Other Husband
- The Space We Share
- Poland, 1952
- Keeper of the Glass
- Yuri, in a Blue Dress
- The Thing about Great White Sharks
- Aleph Bat
- The White Chalk Road
How amazing would it be to be flying in an ornithopter in an air show and to know that you just saved your teams future by flying a new and dangerous configuration? How hard would it be to give up your dog companion and good friend because the law said it was to be done? How would you rationalize or explain a school locker turning in homework after the student died?
I was very pleased to be reviewing these stories for TLC Book Tours so I could share them with you. I did not like every story in the book with equal delight and yet the book got me through a difficult day with the clever, heartfelt writing
About the author from TLC web page:
“Rebecca Adams Wright is a 2011 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop and a former University of Michigan Zell Writing Fellow. She has an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan and has won the Leonard and Eileen Newman Writing Prize. Rebecca lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with her husband and daughter.”