Saturday, May 23, 2020

Book Review: "The Liar and Other Stories" by Alison Ragsdale

Alison Ragsdale's new short story collection, The Liar and Other Stories, is full of emotion-tinged short stories with notes of hope.

A grieving woman whose day is waylaid by a bridal veil flying out of someone’s car. A former flight attendant flying to her 30-year high school reunion. A once-wealthy man who is now homeless. A man who is on the trip of a lifetime with his wife, but he has a secret. A woman who makes an impulsive purchase on the way to the reading of her father's will. A compulsive liar trying to determine if she can stop.

These are just some of the characters in the stories in Ragsdale's new collection. Each of these stories is very short—some a little more than a page or two—but they’re tremendously fulfilling and, in many cases, emotionally rich. The characters are often at a crossroads of some sort or in the midst of a crisis, and Ragsdale leaves you with a glimmer of hope for them.

I’m a huge fan of short stories. For me, the measure of a great story is the question of whether I’d want to read more about the characters. In almost every case, I would love to see these stories expanded because I’d be fascinated to know more about the characters and their lives, as well as what happened to them when the story ended.

I know not everyone loves short stories, but if you do, or have been thinking you need to give them a whirl, here’s a good collection for you!!

I’m so lucky to be part of the blog tour for this book. Kate Rock Book Tours and Alison Ragsdale provided me with a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available!

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