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Faraway Smell of Lemon: A Short Story by [Joyce, Rachel]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 222 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1269 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GIV5OLK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 222 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Binny isn't in the Christmas mood, so she ducks into the first shop she can find to avoid the cheer of another mother. What she finds there is far more than simply some items she has no interest in buying.

Hello, my name is Davida and I'm a Rachel Joyce addict. I am hereby publicly admitting that after I read her last novel "Perfect" I couldn't wait to read something else by her. So I immediately bought her short story "A Faraway Smell of Lemon," despite knowing that it was a Christmas story. (Being Jewish and living in Israel, most of these holiday stories don't interest me.) But I am truly glad I did, since it was not at all like any Christmassy tale I'd ever read before.

This is really about Binny, a woman who - much like me - isn't much of a housekeeper. So when she finds herself in a specialty shop of cleaning equipment, she feels very much out of her element. But that's not Binny's real problem, and with the help of the shop assistant, she finds herself on a journey of self discovery. Where she finds it taking her, surprises both Binny and the reader, and all within a mere 20 pages of prose.

This is very much a Joyce theme. Joyce knows exactly how to take something completely ordinary and allow it to affect her characters in an extraordinary way. More importantly, the emotional somersaults her characters go through are handled in a matter-of-fact manner, and never seem overly sentimental. With all this, she also includes almost poetic descriptions that become visually alive to the imaginations of her readers.

I'd be fooling myself if I found any fault with this story, aside from the desire to want more. With her short story "A Faraway Smell of Lemon" Rachel Joyce deserves yet again, a full five stars out of five.
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I know it's a short story. However I love Joyce's writing so much I am hungry for more. Perhaps she could share a collection of short stories with us.?
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Mar. 2014
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Binny needs to sort out Christmas for her children in about half a day. She does not want to do it because she can barely find the energy or the willpower to put one foot in front of the other because Oliver has walked out on her. She goes into a shop very much at random to avoid talking to someone and unlikely as it seems she may just have come to the right place.

I enjoyed this quirky short story which as well as being entertaining reading has some good advice for when you’re struggling to cope with an emotional problem. Quickly read but worthwhile.
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This is a wonderful story of love and forgiveness - the perfect Christmas read! I would highly recommend it to thosevwho loved Harold Fry ... and to everyone else as well!
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This short story gripped me from the start. From the scent and sounds of the market, through to what , unfortunately was the end. To me, it was quite different to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and I would not have realised they were the same author from the story.
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By ACB(swansea) TOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 Nov. 2014
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Binny is always busy looking after her children and household chores. Christmas adds to her daily grind of competitive mothers at school. Bypassing another unwanted child-mother piece of snobbery with the inevitable comparison chit-chat, Binny bunks into a shop that makes her reflect on her life with her children and husband, putting them into a realistic perspective as she opens up with the woman in the shop. The lemon tang may linger in Binney's life but so does it's significance. Wonderful and understandable life-changing moment.
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This rates highly amongst short stories because the reader immediately is drawn into the characters, emphasising with their turmoil.
And the context. We have all experienced stressful Christmas breaks, as Binny, in this story does. Binny is juggling nativity plays and an absent boyfriend.
Joyce, with a good deal of humour, takes the reader through a snapshot visit into the unlikliest of shops and an ultimate change in heart.
Perfect read for a 20 min journey home from work.
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lures you in :)

this short story lures you in and keeps you rapt until the very last word , loved it.
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