Mary Bradford, a mother and an expert in hugging, is a published writer of short stories in magazines, newspapers and anthologies both in Ireland and internationally, mainly in the United States. Her novel 'My Husband's Sin', contemporary fiction, is with Tirgearr Publishing. She writes historical westerns and adult romance also. Mary too, writes plays and has seen her work both short-listed and performed.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Review: I Don't Want To Be Famous
As a short story writer
myself, it was great to get the opportunity to read another writers work and review it. A canadian writer, Michela Pasquali's
collection 'I Don't Want To Be Famous' is a varied mix of people, from children to grandmothers and lovers
in between. Her ability to create these characters is terrific. Each story is
wrapped in warmth and her description of the worlds her characters’ inhabit is
realistic to the point I could feel the apprehension Henry had while waiting
for his brother in Dragon’s and Sailing
Ships. The soft silence of a snow covered landscape made me shiver as I
travelled with Hiroshi to meet his loved one in Snow. I think this is my favourite story, then again, the chanting
and noise in The Oracle Temple had me
closing my eyes and picturing the vibrant and busy temple.
Michela’s writing style is that of a natural
storyteller. She enjoys her craft and this comes across in her stories. Her
attention to detail aids the setting so that all senses are satisfied, ‘the
swallows flying in gentle arcs’, ‘the laundry flapping in the wind’ and ‘the
bottoms of his feet burning and bubbling’.
This collection of seven stories
is a treat to read. The length of each story, just over 700 words, allows the
reader to dip in and out when having a coffee or travelling to ease the journey
to or from work. Michela is a talented writer who treats her characters with the
care and attention they crave and so their stories are delivered to us in a way
that leaves us, the reader longing for more. ‘I Don’t Want To Be Famous’ is a must for all readers of good
stories. Looking forward to the next collection from Michela Pasquali, I hope
it is soon.