I love short story collections. Einstein's Beach House was an instant favorite. The stories are very well written, extremely detailed, and many times terribly tragic.
I am going to break this book down by reviewing some of the stories that are located in it. Overall I will give this book a 4 out of 5-star rating,.
The first story was Hue and Cry, this was my favorite out of all of them. It was dark, twisted, and incredibly impactful. This was a sex offender. About the way, he was treated. It had an excellent, realistic ending.
The second story was La Tristesse Des Herissons, which as a gripping tale about a couple having a baby, but with a twist. They decide to adopt a hedgehog. Which is a bit of a wrong decision, and chaos eventually ensues.
Strings, the third story which was about a lady who is married when her ex-lover needs help, she is nervous but does help him anyway. Ultimately this creates an internal struggle and turmoil. She struggles with the unresolved feelings he has. The story has an emotional depth, unlike anything I had previously read the book. It is so realistic, shows a loving relationship between husband and wife.
Limerence, this one was quite a perfect short story. It was a heart crushing bittersweet love story about a boy and girl. The story is told about how a boy how fell for a girl who is not a virgin. Her impurity is causing quite the emotional response in our main character. He falls her her despite knowing this. It was sweet and very much a quick read.
I love when I get a chance to read a few books by a particular author, it really gives you a feeling of their style and if you like them. I had previously read the Biology of Luck and absolutely loved it.
I received this book in exchange for my honest and 100% unbiased review from the author. All thoughts and opinion expressed are my own.
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A couple adopt a depressed hedgehog;
a mother is seduced by the father of her daughter's imaginary friend;
a man kidnap's his ex-wife's pet turtle.
In eight tragi-comic stories, Einstein's Beach House: Stories features ordinary men and women rising to life's extraordinary challenges.
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 BranchHis work has been shortlisted 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, 201