I must confess that I do not have the training or the ability to write a ‘proper review’; wish I could send a smile which a line brought to my lips, a tear that an ending brought on or sometimes just a warm feeling that a character evoked…
I just read a book called Ripples. I liked it.
“The complexity of things-the things within things-just seem to be endless.”
As I read ‘Ripples’, I remembered these words of Alice Munro, that queen of short stories.
The stories in this anthology are personal, their characters people one meets every day, the narration unpretentious and simple.
Deceptively ‘simple’ as a reader discovers, for the stories are full of those ‘things within’ ordinary things. The stories are full of analyses and closer looks at the feelings behind common situations.
The kind of stories that makes one say, almost aloud, “That happened to me once” or “That’s exactly how I would react.”
I said that often while reading Ripples.
Am not going to talk of individual stories. If at all, I liked one story a little more than another, it may have been because I felt close to, identified with a certain character or some such reason; never a comment on the quality of writing, which in this collection, is uniformly of a high standard.
The short story is a tough form. The story has to be told, and that often leaves limited space for the interiority of characters. In Ripples however, the reader gets to know the character- really well- in all the stories, without exception. This is good writing.
The 26 women writers come from different walks of life, and each one brings something from her world into her story.
The 27th person in this project is Prashant Karhade who has compiled this beautiful collection.
Independent publishing usually means a collaboration between the house and a writer, usually a novelist, who wants to set his/her own work out into the world.
But here is a publisher who has made the effort to contact these writers and present their work. I admire that.
26 Female voices. I am grateful for that.
These voices have to be heard.
These stories should be read by many people.