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Friday, November 7, 2014

Book review: True Colors and Other Short Stories, by Michelle D. Argyle

True Colors and Other Short StoriesTrue Colors and Other Short Stories by Michelle D. Argyle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I tend to prefer a sparse writing style when it comes to short fiction, and this collection is quite the opposite. Still, I enjoyed the lush, poetic prose, vivid imagery and—above all—the nonlinearity. Reading these stories was like savoring a fine Merlot, one that’s full-bodied with an extra buttery flavor. They’re meant to be sipped, to linger on the tongue. Argyle manages to say a lot in these very short stories—many of them are flash fiction. I didn’t appreciate the short poems quite as much, but they did fit with the overall tone of the writing. My favorite story was Clover, a poignant and haunting tale of a mother’s struggle with grief. I hope to read more from Argyle soon.

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