Wednesday, May 10, 2006

43. "Shoes Hair Nails" ~ Deborah Batterman


Batterman's debut of short stories delves at the heart of quirky relationships, but leaves the "why" to the readers. Why isn't she angry with her mother/why did she take the poodle/why did he disappear? The depth of the details and apt descriptions of the characters makes it feel as if one is peeking through the curtains at the neighbors across the courtyard.

The stories, Shoes, Hair, and Nails, are the best of the bouquet, twining loss with possession in all of its complicated forms.

While some stories asked the reader to suspend disbelief without providing enough of a net to support the feeling, the compilation is a worthwhile glimpse of characters who are waiting to react.

3.8 out of 5.0 Snow Shoes.

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