An interesting mix of short stories covering life, death and forever, plus all the ages in between, Christopher Geoffrey McPherson’s collection encompasses both the innocence and eagerness of childhood and the dark depths of adult betrayals. The tales start with The Little Books that Ran Away, a pleasing children’s story of where books go when they’re neglected. But perhaps there’s an adult message behind the words—where do people go as well? This certainly isn’t a set of children’s stories, as its complex sentences and haunting ideas soon prove. The sound of waves and the cadence of the page will soothe readers away in a lovely tale of an Untitled Life, but mysteries and memories chase after secrets and betrayals in other stories. Fathers and sons, grandparents, lovers and homosexual love play across the page, with a theme of lost or neglected lives growing out from that first image of childhood books. If we don’t read, we can’t experience what others see, but this author asks us to read and see, sometimes awkwardly, sometimes over-earnestly, but always with a pleasingly intriguing honesty. I’m still not sure how well the collection ties together, or who the intended audience is. But I did enjoy reading it, and that final tale, Forever, with its untethered time and mystique, haunts me as a favorite.
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy of this book and I offer my honest review.
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Sheila Deeth (SheilaDeeth)
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In more than three decades as a professional writer/journalist, Christopher has covered myriad subjects and interviewed thousands of people from the famous to the unknown. He brings his years of experience to each one of his novels. Every work is different. Through reading his novels, you can visit the American home front in the 1940s, a future San Francisco wiped out by a killer earthquake, a romantic love affair in post-war Paris in the 1920s -- or, coming in 2013, travel to another world in another time when everything is controlled by the government and everyone is happy. In his career, his work has appeared in daily newspapers, monthly magazines, extensively on radio and the occasional dalliance with television. He has written advertising copy and radio commercials -- and continues to write, write, write. Works featuring his byline include "Sarah & Gerald" -- a novel about Paris in the 1920s, "Forever - and other stories" -- a collection of short stories, "The Life Line" -- the novel of the big one that levels San Francisco, "News on the Home Front" -- a novel of two friends during World War Two, and "Mama Cat" -- a book for children. Also, several short plays, a few radio plays and a boat load of radio documentaries.