Title: The Weight of a Feather and Other Stories
Author: Judy Croome
Genre: Short Story anthology
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Aztar Press; 1 edition (October 22, 2013)
“The promise implicit in an anthology is that it aspires to present something different, unexpected” Joyce Carol Oates (Introduction to The Oxford Book of American Short Stories)
From the classical form of ‘The Weight of a Feather’, first published by The Huffington Post (2013), to the suggestive allegory of ‘The Leopard and The Lizard’, this collection of short stories by South African author Judy Croome is an ideal mix of the familiar and the startling.
These vibrant slices of life testify to the mysterious and luminous resources of the human spirit. Whether feeling the harrowing emotion in ‘The Last Sacrifice’ or the jauntiness of ‘Jannie Vermaak’s New Bicycle’, the reader will delight in a plethora of stories that cross boundaries to both challenge and entertain with their variety.
I have not read a short story anthology before so when this book tour came up it was the perfect opportunity to see what exactly a short story anthology was.
In The Weight of a Feather and Other Stories is lots of very short stories, some just a page long some a few pages long. I particularly enjoyed the original story The Weight of a Feather because the story was similar to what my husband experienced as a child with his chicken being dished up for dinner after school. I also liked Umbrella in the Snow although I enjoyed many of the short stories these two stood out to me. Some I just didn’t ‘get’ as they were so short.
I liked this book because it is great for short time fillers like when I was at the doctor’s surgery waiting to be seen and at the dentist. I could finish one or two stories in the time I sat waiting.
It was very well written and I would love to read more from Judy Croome.
Judy Croome lives and writes in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shortlisted in the African Writing Flash Fiction 2011 competition, Judy’s short stories and poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, such as the Huffington Post and the University of the Witwatersrand’s Itch Magazine. Her books “The Weight of a Feather & Other Stories” (2013), “a Lamp at Midday” (2012) and “Dancing in the Shadows of Love” (2011) are available. Judy loves her family, cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, cats, rainy days, ancient churches with their ancient graveyards, cats, meditation and solitude. Oh, and cats. Judy loves cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.) She is currently researching child murders for her next novel and you can visit Judy on www.judycroome.com or join her on Twitter @judy_croome