Simply put, this book is a collection of inter-related stories about people living in a coastal town in Ireland, but it’s so much more than that.
I first need to admit that I don’t read many short story collections, even though as a lover of literature I understand the value of a good short story. Oftentimes times it’s easier to recognize an author’s craft and ability reading short stories because great short stories say so much in such a small amount of time. Perhaps that’s why I’ve never been good at writing short fiction—I have a tendency to say too much but never enough. I envy a good short story authors, and that might be why I don’t read them much—because of my own envy.
That said, Elizabeth Merry is not a good short story writer, she is one of the best. If James Joyce and Flannery O’Conner had a literary baby, it would be WE ALL DIE IN THE END. These stories are packed with wit and dark humor reminiscent of O’Conner ( my favorites in this collection are “May” and “Rosemary” because I actually laughed out loud) while still displaying a Joyce-like love of human understanding. The characters (though all unique and a little eccentric) are so realistic that I had to keep reminding myself that this was fiction.
I actually read this on my kindle, but after completing it I went back and bought the paperback edition on Amazon so I can keep a copy on my shelf. If I ever go back to teaching literature and writing, this one is going on the reading list.
Overall, if you enjoy good literature I strongly suggest picking up a copy of this one! Get it from Amazon today!
For more writing by Elizabeth Merry, follow her blog at https://embookstuff.wordpress.com.
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What can I say to that review, only thanks a MILLION! I just saw it on Instagram. Can’t believe it’s about my book. I’m very happy. Thanks again.
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Thank YOU! I honestly can’t believe that it’s not being taught in school for prose analysis at the very least. I’ll be recommending it to some English Lit professors for sure. Please let me know the next time you publish something! I am a fan! ❤️🐝
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