Stone Baby

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"Stone Baby "(the title of one of the stories) finds both the accepted and the marginalized facing varied situations challenging their secrets and personal character. These raw and emotional stories take place from Ireland to India to South Africa and beyond with protagonists from multiple generations. Many seemingly insignificant characters in one story play an important role in another.

It is difficult to create complex characters with sufficient backstory and satisfying conclusions in the short story format, but South African born author Michelle Sacks not only succeeds but excels with this.

The gritty and unforgiving Stone Baby is one of the best collections of short stories...

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Stone Baby stories
Author: Michelle Sacks
Publisher: TriQuarterly Books
Publish date: December 15, 2017


As a debut novel by Michelle Sacks, this collection of 12 Stories scans the world. We first read the story of Kingdom, a man fleeing from war in Africa who becomes a hired mercenary. Each story has a main character and a few minor characters. Those minor characters tend to turn into the main character in the next story or somewhere down the line in other stories intersecting with other characters lives. It took me many stories to finally decide I liked the stories over all. It was a little too grungy for my tastes. Too many violent scenes and language for me, however the stories...

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I thoroughly enjoyed Michelle Sacks' Stony Baby. These stories stand alone but are connected by minor characters in one becoming major characters in another. Place and circumstances begin to emerge that also bring continuity to the stories. Each character lives, or dies, with a sense of realness. I could see the self-assured Kingdom in the first story being connected to the young girl looking for him in the last. Michelle Sacks is a storyteller at heart. There are no formulas followed as is so prevalent in American Literature today. No following the success of another writer. Michelle Sacks stands alone with each story.

The art known as the short story, handled by someone who...

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Stunning collection of short stories that intersect in each other culminating in a complete circle by books end. Beautifully written with unforgettable characters. Michelle Sacks is incredibly talented and basically can write like few I've read this past year. She is able to have the reader believe she knows each of the people in her stories intimately and has me believing I know them as well, empathetic to each of them, delighting in their journeys and walking with them over Europe and Africa.

There are few books that come along that reading a brief synopsis has you wanting more...immediately! Special thanks to Northwestern University Press and NetGalley for this spectacular...

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Awesome collection of short stories about interesting character scattered across the globe. Loved this debut, looking forward to reading more,
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This was a completely random selection, something attracted me to this collection, I didn't fight the attraction and what a pleasant surprise this turned out to be. Actually pleasant surprise doesn't quite cover it, this stories are terrific and each has one is an emotional powerhouse. Tangentially connected with recurring characters, scenery and themes these tales of love, grief and survival are guaranteed to affect even the most stoic of readers. I enjoy plot driven fiction, so for me the best short stories are essentially novels with less words, traditional narrative form of three (or however many it takes) acts with arcs and resolutions as oppose to something that reads more...

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Short stories are tough, they require a real economy of words to convey both character and story.  There are recurring characters that weave in and out throughout the collection.

This is a very talented author- some of the quotes really stopped me: 'I took my heart in my hands and....." is just example of the unexpected gems throughout the stories.
The descriptions of the heat, the smells, the misery, the betrayal, hopelessness and redemption are powerful. Some of the stuff that goes on is hard to read, painful, and some of the little bits of daylight at dawn give lots of hope.
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