Sunday, August 24, 2014
Review: Success: Stories by David A. Taylor
Author: David A. Taylor
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Summary: Fiction. SUCCESS: STORIES is the 2008 winner of the Washington Writers' Publishing House fiction prize. These stories probe the lives of people caught in an increasingly intertwined world, close to home and abroad. Exploring a human calculus of love, betrayal, and fantasy, this moving collection makes those dramas vivid. "Gritty dialogue, lean prose, layered plotting, and an eye for the perfect detail make these stories a satisfying and engaging read"--Susan Muaddi Darraj. "A book of fine stories"--Richard Bausch.
Review: I received this book free from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review. When I saw I had won this book I was very excited because it sounded very interesting. It was interesting but it didn't meet my expectations. The main thing that bothered me was this book is titled Success, but to me none of these stories were successful, they were all actually rather depressing. Luckily, each story was written extremely well and they were detailed to perfection. The author made it easy to lose yourself in each story and I often found myself wanting more. I had grown attached to these characters in a short time. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy short stories and anthologies. Also to those who don't mind depressing stories.