Adult / Short Story / Realistic Fiction
I gave this book 5 out of 5 Stars
Publisher's Blurb: Funny, heartbreaking, and real—these twelve stories showcase a dynamic range of voices belonging to characters who can’t stop confessing. They are obsessive storytellers, disturbed professors, depressed auctioneers, gambling clergy. A fourteen-year-old boy gets baptized and speaks in tongues to win the love of a girl who ushers him into adulthood; a troubled insomniac searches the woods behind his mother’s house for the “awful pretty” singing that begins each midnight; a school-system employee plans a year-end party at the site of a child’s drowning; a burned-out health-care administrator retires from New England to coastal Georgia and stumbles upon a life-changing moment inside Walmart. These big-hearted people—tethered to the places that shape them—survive their daily sorrows and absurdities with well-timed laughter; they slouch toward forgiveness, and they point their ears toward the Holy Ghost’s last words.
======================It is always difficult to write a review of a book of short stories; however, Last Words of the Holy Ghost by Matt Cashion is solid quality writing from start to finish. Whether he's describing a landscape or a character, author Cashion provides readers with quick snapshots that have a lasting impact. Through character behaviors, Cashion masterfully shows just enough for readers to make a good call on the true nature of each character.
Before I let somebody drive me crazy, I drive them crazy first.
That's the secret right there.
Overall, the book was more melancholy and less humorous than I had hoped, but it was well written (just a few scattered punctuation and agreement errors) and Cashion's perspectives and approaches are unique and unforgettable. I highly recommend this book and thank the publisher for providing me a print copy in exchange for my honest review -- the only kind I give.
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