Which Shelf for The White Road?
In my house there are many bookshelves. Two of these will feature in this post.
The first is a rather exciting and lovely one, where all the books written by people I know live. The second is in my office, and on that sit my favourite books. Inspirational ones. Good ones. Ones I love. Glancing at it now I can see Hemingway, Keret, Sebold, Bender, Gaiman, Creech, McGregor, Salway, a book about The Clash, a book on local hauntings (forgot about that one!) my book
, The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook. You get the picture.
Recently though I’ve faced a bit of a dilemma, because I’ve not been sure where to place some books – they’re from people I know AND I love them, find them inspirational, think they’re literature worth learning from.
The latest book to offer such a dilemma is Tania Hershman’s The White Road and Other Stories
. Now, I’m a writer so to say I love books is, well, obvious. I do. But some I don’t just love, it’s something more than that. It’s marriage as opposed to a good relationship; it’s the sea as opposed to a lake. If that makes sense.
So, back to the book. I love it. But why? Well, I could go on. And on. Each and every story included in this collection is beautiful, affecting, clever, poetic, deep, funny, sad, desperate – sometimes many of these together – and always expertly written. Each story is exactly as long as it needs to be. I know a lot has been made of half the stories being inspired by science articles (which is cool) but let’s forget about that for a moment, because really, that doesn’t matter. What matters is the stories are wonderful, alive, sincere – what inspired them doesn’t matter when they’re that good because, as with any great story, they are good enough to stand on their own. And boy, do they.
It’s a thrilling, rewarding and entertaining debut and I can’t wait for more.
My copy’s on my desk at the moment – but soon it’ll be returned to its home. Can you guess which shelf that will be?
And while I’m on…
Here’s a link to Strictly Writing
, a brand new blog about writing some writer friends have started – knowing them as I do I’m pretty certain it’ll be well worth a read.