Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Title: The Weight of a Feather and Other Stories
Author: Judy Croome
Genre: Short Story anthology
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Aztar Press; 1 edition (October 22, 2013)

Buy Links: Amazon Paperback | Kindle  | Barnes & Noble

“The promise implicit in an anthology is that it aspires to present something different, unexpected” Joyce Carol Oates (Introduction to The Oxford Book of American Short Stories)

From the classical form of ‘The Weight of a Feather’, first published by The Huffington Post (2013), to the suggestive allegory of ‘The Leopard and The Lizard’, this collection of short stories by South African author Judy Croome is an ideal mix of the familiar and the startling.

These vibrant slices of life testify to the mysterious and luminous resources of the human spirit. Whether feeling the harrowing emotion in ‘The Last Sacrifice’ or the jauntiness of ‘Jannie Vermaak’s New Bicycle’, the reader will delight in a plethora of stories that cross boundaries to both challenge and entertain with their variety.

Book Trailer:

Book Review: 
This is a short story anthology that includes 45 stories. Each story is one to a few pages longer. Each story, to me, was very touching. There are a wide range of emotions that the author shares with the readers. I felt that some of the stories had a message behind them; but that could of just been me looking for a deeper meaning and over analyzing. They are well-written and detail. This is definitely a book I will keep close by to re-read again. 

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Author Bio:
Judy Croome lives and writes in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shortlisted in the African Writing Flash Fiction 2011 competition, Judy’s short stories and poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, such as the Huffington Post and the University of the Witwatersrand’s Itch Magazine.

Her books “The Weight of a Feather & Other Stories” (2013), “a Lamp at Midday” (2012) and “Dancing in the Shadows of Love” (2011) are available. Judy loves her family, cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, cats, rainy days, ancient churches with their ancient graveyards, cats, meditation and solitude. Oh, and cats. Judy loves cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.) She is currently researching child murders for her next novel and you can visit Judy on www.judycroome.com or join her on Twitter @judy_croome.

Author Links:
Website http://www.judycroome.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/judy.croome?ref=tn_tnmn
Twitter https://twitter.com/judy_croome
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4857593.Judy_Croome

Written by Kechell Jackson On 5:42 PM 3 comments


  1. I love books period, but I especially like short stories when I am short on time. I can lose myself in one, without blowing off my responsibilities for the day. With a novel I tend to get lost in it, and not want to come up for air! This sounds like a nice anthology that I would put on my list!

  2. I think short stories are the way to go these days. Uplifting is grand, too. It seems like we're all collectively running short on time these days, doesn't it?

    Thanks for the review. I never would know of this book otherwise!

  3. Looks interesting! Thanks for the review.



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