Sudden Traveler by Sarah Hall
hardcover; 128 pages
Sudden Traveler by Sarah Hall is a recommended collection of seven short stories.
"The characters in Sudden Traveler walk, drive, dream, and fly,
trying to reconcile themselves with their journeys through life, death,
and love. Science fiction meets folktale and philosophy meets
mortality.... Sarah Hall opens channels in the human mind and spirit and
takes us to the very edge of our possible selves."
The writing is gorgeous in these stories. Some stories resonated
with me immediately while others left me pausing to
contemplate the often symbolic meaning behind the existential stories,
some of which are populated with troubled or contemplative characters.
Hall does not make it easy for the reader. This may be a collection that
I need to return to, after some thought, and delve into the stories
again, perhaps with new insight. There is no doubt that the cover is absolutely beautiful.
M: A woman discovers, through pain, that she has the ability to literally transform and fly.
The Woman the Book Read: A man unexpectedly sees a woman he last knew as a child.
The Grotesques: Dilly has a hard time coping with modern life - and living with her mother
Who Pays?: A well lies between two warring countries and is the site where young men from many villages gather once a year.
Orton: A woman travels to a place of strong memories to shut down her pacemaker.
Sudden Traveler: A woman sits in the car with her baby while her father and brother dig the grave for her mother.
Live That You May Live: A young girl drams of birds coming, and her mother comforts her, but has stories.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this
book from HarperCollins for review purposes at TLC Book Tours.