I have to say, the description of this book was a bit deceiving. It mentions “these very impressive short stories”, which led me to believe there would be a handful of stories included in the book. Imagine my surprise when I downloaded the book and found that the book was in total, 12 pages, with only 2 stories included. I guess I also was assuming that “collection” means more than 2 items. Lesson learned.
It is very hard to write a review of such short stories and not give anything away! The first story is called Lucy and is about a couple who choose to adopt a child. Things don’t go exactly as they planned. The second story is called The Tallest Watchtower and is about September 11th and the aftermath. I have to say that I enjoyed the first story much more than the second. In fact, I did not like the second story at all.
Overall, I also did not like the writing style of the author (Omid Baghizadeh), while I enjoyed the concepts of the stories and how they made you think, I just thought they could have been written a little bit differently. The conversations in the story didn’t seem to make sense or flow.
The human heart is taken over by these very impressive short stories. The Tallest Watchtower is a wakeup call for our sleeping sense of empathy and charity and a reminder not to forget those who are not among us but between us and our God. Their memory is always respected. Containing stories of first loves, new loves, and the horrific events of September 11, 2011, this collection is sure to bring a reaction.
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