When the Messinger Is Hot
by Elizabeth Crane
Category: Fiction / General
224 pages; ISBN: 0316096520
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
This sixteen story collection focuses on female (and the men either in, trying to get in, or formerly in) outliers of modern normalcy recovering, often poorly, from loss or betrayal. The stories are amusing yet serious as the audiences sees women struggling to regain equilibrium when reality is difficult to accept. Several of the contributions provide deep insight into the contemporary human condition, but some are mere soliloquies lacking a plot or theme. Title aside (it is only one ten page short story in the book), Elizabeth Crane displays her skill as a strong messenger of humorous, yet thoughtful tales with deep characters that overall this anthology achieves the author’s usual acumen.
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