• R E V I E W •
It’s only been in the last year that I have given short stories a real read. Most of them I’ve read have been in anthologies. Cry Your Way Home is the third book I’ve read where all the shorts were written by the same author.
There are eighteen shorts in this novel. A majority of them are great. Most of them have endings you don’t see coming, which is great, it’s a surprise in every story. Here are just a few that I really enjoyed.
- “Deep Within the Marrow, Hidden in My Smile” – A twisted stepsisters tale. I loved this short and I thought it was just going to be another story about sibling rivalry. Nope, surprise.
- “The Hands That Hold, the Lies That Bind”- Will horrifyingly remind children to mind their parents.
- “Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys: The Elephant’s Tale” – A tragic tale indeed, but one of few with a happy ending.
- “Take a Walk in the Night, My love” – Eerie hypnotic love therapy. I totally loved this one too. I was blown away by the revelation.
I enjoyed this book a great deal. It’s well worth the read. It would even make a great introduction to short stories if you have not read an anthology before.
BOOK • DETAILS
Once upon a time there was a monster. This is how they tell you the story starts. This is a lie.”
Sometimes things are not what they appear to be. DNA doesn’t define us, gravity doesn’t hold us, a home doesn’t mean we belong. From circus tents to space stations, Damien Angelica Walters creates stories that are both achingly familiar and chillingly surreal. Within her second short story collection, she questions who the real monsters are, rips families apart and stitches them back together, and turns a cell phone into the sharpest of weapons.
Cry Your Way Home brings together seventeen stories that delve deep into human sorrow and loss, weaving pain, fear, and resilience into beautiful tales that are sure to haunt you long after you turn the last page.