Saturday, August 15, 2009

Women Up On Blocks by Mary Akers

Wow, I just finished reading my pal Mary Akers' new short story collection, Women Up On Blocks, and it was a blast.

So many good stories, but my favorite has to be "Thunderstones," about young love and family interference and the smacking effect of old time religion. Here's a line that shows how clear and evocative the writing is:
"She can feel her future mother-in-law's insipid happiness creeping toward her through the pew cushions."

These are stories about women who make, or have to make, big decisions, and Akers knows her territory well.

I heartily recommend this collection, published by Press53, which once again proves to be a great source for lively reading.

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At 8:53 AM, Blogger Mary Akers said...

Thank you so much, Linera, for your (perfectly timed) encouragement! :)


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