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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BRNDZ0Q
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,620 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Looking For America: : Short stories from the Shetland Islands Kindle Edition
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"If you look hard enough, you can see America," is the first sentence in her book.
It doesn't take a lot of reading before you realize you are facing a unique body of work, where every word has been carefully chosen to manufacture a sentence; where all those sentences have been delicately pondered, considered, moved, re-moved, erased and written again in the long process of creating a beautiful work of art.
"Sure enough," you think after reading the first story, "She wrote about a girl; she only needed to remember her own childhood."
Then she slaps you on the face with a story about an old man. And you have to face the fact that she did not write it remembering that time when she was an old man.
"Damn," you think, "How can she even be that good?"
You try to read it slowly, try to make it last. Yet, you can't. You end up reading everything in one single afternoon. You debate with yourself: "What is she trying to say?"; "Is this written right?"; "This can't be right"; "No, wait. She did that on purpose."; "Is she playing games with my mind?"; "She is playing games with my mind! Nobody does that!"; "Why is she even saying that?"
As you read, you realize some stories (or is it all of them?) are related. You marvel at the way she is able to capture the feelings of young and old people, males and females, soldiers and housewives, farmers and eccentrics.
Reading her, I was reminded of the wonderful books "Corazón tan blanco" from Javier Marías, "Mal de Amores" from Angeles Mastretta or "Cuentos de Eva Luna" from Isabel Allende.
If you are looking for a book with lots of action and happy endings, you may be better off looking for some other works. If you are looking for something to think or to cry about, you are right at home.
At the end of her book, Yvonne puts a little fragment from her new novel "Drawings in Sand." Like the waiter who meets you when you are leaving the restaurant after the meal of your life, she is saying "come again soon."
Damn, Yvonne! I will come back. And when I do... I will like to have some more of the same, please.
Thank you very much!
Normally I don't give someone 5 stars, but this book deserves it. Keep your eye on this author.