**I received the ebook copy from Booklikes giveaway but this has not affected my review and rating in any way.
This is a collection of eight interesting short stories.
Hue and Cry: A dying father who, for the sake of forgiveness went along with his daughters to meet the sex offender neighbor and invited him for a dinner
La Tristesse Des Hérissons: A couple who spends hundreds of dollars for their depressed hedgehog
Strings: A rabbi who ended up helping her ex-boyfriend to perform in an orchestra with 400 cellos
Limerence: A high-school boy who had a crush with a beautiful but rebellious girl but years after did he realized he was the one who got away and not the once-beautiful popular girl
Einstein's Beach House: A family who ended up leaving their house because of the money-making scheme of the father
The Rod of Asclepius: A little girl who goes to hospitals with his father to inject syringes to patients and thought his father was a doctor
Sharing the Hostage: A couple kidnapping a tortoise
Paracosmos: A family with their daughter's imaginary friend staying with them and later on, the mother had an affair with the imaginary friend's father.
Some of the stories were odd but this read was well written, entertaining and thought provoking. Some of the stories were touching and other were humorous with an unpredictable and interesting endings.
My favorite was “Limerence”, “The Rod of Asclepius” and "Paracosmos". I was left wanting more.
This is unlike the other short stories I've read before and this is really a good read that I will recommend to anyone.
Rating: 5 stars
About the Author:
Jacob M. Appel's first novel, The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up, won the Dundee International Book Award in 2012. His short story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, won the 2012 Hudson Prize. He has published short fiction in more than two hundred literary journals including Agni, Conjunctions, Gettysburg Review, Southwest Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and West Branch. His work has been short listed for the O. Henry Award (2001), Best American Short Stories (2007, 2008), Best American Essays (2011, 2012), and received "special mention" for the Pushcart Prize in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2013.
Jacob holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Brown University, an M.A. and an M.Phil. from Columbia University, an M.S. in bioethics from the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical College, an M.D. from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, an M.F.A. in creative writing from New York University, an M.F.A. in playwriting from Queens College, an M.P.H. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He currently practices psychiatry in New York City.
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