“Mothers” by Chris Power

Thanks to Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Netgalley for the advance review copy.

I admit I’m usually not much of a short story gal, I just find it difficult to really get into stories where the characters are experienced so briefly. With that said, I really enjoyed this collection. Power manages to portray the lives and characters in a way that makes their emotions and personalities immediately identifiable.

As with all collections some of the stories are more engaging than others. To my mind the best were Mother 1, 2 and 3 although I didn’t realise until reading the last one that the same character was present in all 3. I also enjoyed The Crossing. There is a real air of melancholy running throughout the stories as well as a feeling of disconnect which many of the characters seem to have from the people and agents around them.

Overall an enjoyable collection of short stories from a clearly talented writer.

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