By Light We Knew Our Names

By Light We Knew Our Names

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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From ghosts to pink dolphins to a fight club of young women who practice beneath the Alaskan aurora borealis, By Light We Knew Our Names examines the beauty and heartbreak of the world we live in. Across thirteen stories, this collection explores the thin border between magic and grief.

Publisher: Ann Arbor, Michigan : Dzanc Books, 2014
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781936873623
Branch Call Number: FIC VALENTE
Characteristics: 224 pages ; 22 cm


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This book of stories is quite varied. There are realistic stories, and fantastical tales mixed in, but, as the Goodreads summary says, " this collection explores the thin border between magic and grief." I would agree with that. They all share the same beautiful, evocative writing, and I found that I really enjoyed going from one story to the next, not knowing what I would encounter. Some of the stories are pretty hard-hitting, and quite emotional. However, they are thoughtful and thought-provoking. I felt like nothing was wasted here; every word felt chosen with care, and each story carefully crafted.

This might be just the book for a reader who says they don't like short stories because even though it's a single author, there is a lot of variety in the stories. And if you do enjoy short stories, you're in for a real treat.


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