Monday, January 14, 2008

Awake In The Dark by Shira Nayman

I was kind of torn by this collection of three short stories and a novella (do they even call them that anymore?) about the children of Holocaust survivors. It's written well enough and she definitely can paint a picture with a dark brush but it's the 'gotcha' moments in the stories that Nayman relies on that turned me off. While the back cover copy likened these elements to being reminiscent of O. Henry, I felt like they were more like Twilight Zone episodes that didn't get made because the 'gotcha' was so weak or obvious or simply didn't 'getcha' sufficiently and that really took away from what were potentially strong stories. Anyone else read this? Did I miss something?

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