Wednesday, August 7, 2013

We're In Trouble

Another week, another collection of sad short stories. We're In Trouble by Christopher Coake was somber, moving, and more than once brought tears to my eyes. I don't know why I'm in a sad story phase, but they've been solid reads.

All of the stories in this collection have to do with loss and love and what people will do when faced with the death of a loved one. While this theme unites them all, the individual stories are worlds apart. From a married couple's actions and reactions to the husband's terminal cancer, to a father and son taking a road trip, as told by both of them plus an outside observer, to a small town sheriff dealing with the consequences of his friend's murder-suicide, all the stories in this collection tug deep down and play with a myriad of emotions.

I related to some of the stories, and the relationships therein, while others left me wondering how the characters did what they did--what they had to do--to be true to themselves and their loved ones. For a book that will transport you to other places and times, to mountain peaks and abandoned cabins in the woods, to love lost and love strengthened, look no further than We're In Trouble.

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