Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Book Review: Women on the Brink by G. Elizabeth Kretchmer


About the Book:

Women on the Brink is a stunning collection of loosely linked stories in which women aged thirteen to ninety must face the unwelcome realities of their lives. Sometimes gritty, sometimes humorous, and always compassionate, G. Elizabeth Kretchmer’s prose takes the reader on a compelling ride alongside these ordinary women as they wrestle with family relationships, self-esteem, socioeconomic status, maternal obligations, and need for independence. 

Each story is enhanced by one of fourteen original poems contributed by talented poets specifically for this collection and its themes. Although the stories stand alone, they are further strengthened by the relationships among the various characters throughout the collection. Readers of Ms. Kretchmer’s first novel, The Damnable Legacy, will also delight to find that some of the characters from that novel have reappeared here. 

The women in this collection may or may not be the type you’d invite over for lunch. Some of them are tough. Some aren’t all that likeable. Some might not see the world the way you do. But they’re compelling in their own right as they reflect women in today’s world—women who have come along a difficult path—and as they courageously take control of their lives.

Book Details:

Paperback: 368 pages
Kindle File Size: 1278 KB
Publisher: Booktrope Editions (October 7, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1513702351
ISBN-13: 978-1513702353

My Review:

Women on the Brink is exactly how it's described in the above synopsis - a Stunning Collection. Each individual story is prefaced by a poem. These stories are then written around the theme of the poem. Some of them are soft and compassionate and others will leave your mouth hanging open as you contemplate what exactly the woman in the story was thinking about. No one story is like the next. The women are at different stages in their lives; teenager, new mothers, older, wealthy women tired of being alone, and the like.  I've read the author's first novel, The Damnable Legacy, and it was nice to see some of the characters from that book make their way into this one.

Each story may unique and stand alone, but they are united by the need for changes in their lives. The inner strength each one is able to muster becomes their power. With that power, these women are able to stand up and take back the reigns of their own lives.  As you read these stories, reflect on them and think about what they are trying to convey.

Even though Women on the Brink is considered Women's Fiction, these women may very well be someone in your own family or circle of friends.  These women could be your neighbors, co-workers, or your favorite hairdresser.  One of these stories may just describe you.  

This collection is well-written.  Each individual story has emotional content that will have you sympathizing, crying, or laughing right along with the characters.  Some of the topics are dark and disturbing.  I still get emotional when I think about Skydancer and the tones that are set within Marisa's story.  You may not like each story that's presented but I guarantee some of them will pull at you, keep you engaged, and resonate with you long after you close the book.

The review copy was provided by the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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