Reese’s Book Club pick for August is a collection of short stories, which is definitely out of my comfort zone. I don’t love short stories because I get caught up in the plot and characters just when the author ends it. It makes me want more and it’s hard to jump from one short story to the next. So without further ado, here’s my Everything Inside book review!
Title: Everything Inside
Author: Edwidge Danticat
Rich with hard-won wisdom and humanity, set in locales from Miami and Port-au-Prince to a small unnamed country in the Caribbean and beyond, Everything Inside is at once wide in scope and intimate, as it explores the forces that pull us together, or drive us apart, sometimes in the same searing instant.
In these eight powerful, emotionally absorbing stories, a romance unexpectedly sparks between two wounded friends; a marriage ends for what seem like noble reasons, but with irreparable consequences; a young woman holds on to an impossible dream even as she fights for her survival; two lovers reunite after unimaginable tragedy, both for their country and in their lives; a baby’s christening brings three generations of a family to a precarious dance between old and new; a man falls to his death in slow motion, reliving the defining moments of the life he is about to lose.Synopsis from Goodreads
My rating of only 3 stars has nothing to do with the author’s writing style. She writes beautifully! The stories themselves were heart pounding and gut wrenching, and completely engrossing. However, I’m just not a short story person. In fact, I became irritated after each story ended, because I would never know the true ending to those stories.
All of the stories had ties to Haiti, which I found super interesting. I enjoyed reading about their unique customs and traditions. Reading about different cultures from your own is honestly one of the best things you can do in my opinion. If we all knew more about other people, we might not be so harsh and unkind.
I think my favorite story was the last one. It was terribly tragic and heartbreaking, but beautiful at the same time. If you’ve read Everything Inside, let me know in the comments what your favorite story was and why!
If you love short stories, then you’ll definitely love this book and I would highly recommend it. Even if you’re not a big short story lover like me, I still recommend reading it, if only to stretch your reading horizon!
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