Stories for Homes Paperback – 28 Oct 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm so enjoying reading my way through this eclectic collection. The opening tale by Mandy Berriman, `A Home Without Moles,' is such a delight. It is narrated by the four- or five-year-old Jessika who has her own unique vocabulary of words spelt just has she has heard them; I particularly liked the leaking rainy-hater that her mum had to patch up with chewing-gum. Her baby brother's fection isn't going to get better unless they can move to a home without moles. You'll probably need to read the story for yourself to work that one out.
Frances Gapper's `Babylon' tells us of the home make-over from hell and Jo Lidbetter takes us to the Far East for a disturbing story of the aftermath of war.
Sarah Evans, in `Motherhood,' captures so perfectly the competing emotions of aging parents when their adult daughter returns to the nest like some cuckoo determined on her own ways and oblivious to the disruption she is causing.
In the first of the poems to be included, Mark Aram neatly contrasts the pros and cons of `Home' and concludes:
`Home can follow you around
like a friendly cat
or a heavy rucksack.'
I know this anthology will follow me around until I have devoured all it has to offer; I still have many pleasant hours of reading ahead of me. Why not join me in this wonderful trip through the skilful imaginations of gifted writers and help Shelter in the excellent work they are doing every day writing their own real life stories for homes?
Four stories stood out for me in particular…
1. A Home Without Moles by Mandy Berriman is narrated by an endearing child who begins by describing her world whilst colouring pictures and, although I’m not normally a fan of spelled-out pronunciation such as ‘veekles’ and ‘hopsipal’, I have to admit that, in general, it does make the narration seem somewhat more convincing.
There was a point in the middle where I wondered, for a moment, if the domestic situation would head anywhere but, once the characters venture outside and the girl insists ‘it’s ok to do Not-Allowed things when it’s a mergency’, things start to pick up. The plot isn’t racing but my heart was. I won’t spoil it for you, other than to say that, as a mother, I was still shivering an hour later.
2. Half of Everything by Isabel Costello opens during preparations for Hurricane Sandy. The story is beautifully written and the observations precise. It evokes a strong sense of community and I liked the way the characters’ preoccupation with Halloween shows that they believe the hurricane is unlikely to hit.
Snippets of the narrator’s personal hurricane drift into the story naturally as she swings between nostalgia and the anger with which she kicks her ‘for sale’ sign. The quiet conflict, which begins when an unwanted guest turns up, builds towards an omen that left me questioning where their lives would take them after the final full stop.
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This has been a pleasure to read and has helped to highlight the troubles of those less fortunate. Support the great cause and read some fantastic short stories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am really impressed with this collection. To my shame, perhaps, I had not expected the quality and the variety of syles here. I am thoroughly enjoying these.Published 16 months ago by Ms N. Linden
I bought the book to support the cause - all proceeds go to Shelter - but was impressed by the quality and variety of the short stories, which cover all aspects of the theme of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kats
Looking for a story that will make you laugh? It's got it.
Or one that will make you cry? It's got that too.
Or one that will make you afraid? Boil with indignation? Read more
I bought this anthology primarily to support Shelter, but didn't expect such a huge range of beautiful stories. Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2014 by Holly C
A fabulous book, and a fantastic idea; there are fantastic stories which at times move you other times prove hilarious. Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2014 by Maria
This is the perfect gift throughout the year, not just for Xmas. It is a huge collection with lots of good stories and something to please and awaken every taste, with all the... Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2013 by BCH13
In these dyspeptic days after Christmas, here is one feast that won't fatten; a collection of short stories around the theme of 'homes', a chocolate box that allows you to indulge... Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by Geoffrey Gudgion