As I’m exposed to more new authors, short story collections are becoming just as important to me as novels. Sometimes, I enjoy reading a story or two in between bits of novels that I’m currently reading, and other times, I simply feel the urge to make my way through an entire collection without the distraction of another book. I love that short stories can be just as powerful on their own as a novel, and I’m enchanted when an entire collection comes together and leaves a mark on my memory.
Damien Angelica Walters is an author that is new to me, but after making my way through the stories in CRY YOUR WAY HOME, I’m certain I’ll be seeking out more of her work. This is a strong collection of stories. The author’s words are both haunting and beautiful at the same time. I love this combination, and felt comfortable in the melancholic realm that these stories created. With collections or anthologies, I like to list my top five stories. (I also enjoy hearing about the favorites of others who have read the same collection). Here they are, in no particular order:
-ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR, EVERYTHING CHANGES
-THIS IS THE WAY I DIE
-NOT MY CIRCUS, NOT MY MONKEYS: THE ELEPHANT’S TALE
-FALLING UNDER, THROUGH THE DARK
-A LIE YOU GIVE, AND THUS I TAKE
I’m very much looking forward to reading more from this author, especially her novel that releases later this year.