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I Am Holding Your Hand

4.55 of 5 stars 4.55  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 2013 by PANK
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Jan 08, 2013 Myfanwy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
“I want to compare the experience of reading these stories to looking at art; you see a glimpse of the artist’s world, and add your personal experiences to come away with an impression of the work as a whole.” – Ann Kingman, Books on the Nightstand

"I AM HOLDING YOUR HAND is a rare treasure. This collection of short stories brought to us by new author Myfanwy Collins is a wonderful example of writing that feels fresh and intoxicating, while maintaining the sensibility of an author who writes like
No writer working today combines the beautiful and the ugly, the transcendent and the devastating, with as much tenderness and candor as Myfanwy Collins. The stories in I AM HOLDING YOUR HAND are by turns profound, elemental, heartbreaking. Collins' voice is fresh and fierce and alive. This is quite simply one of the best short story collections I have read in recent times.
I've been in love with Myfanwy Collins' writing since reading her mind and heart bending novel, "Echolocation." I've also read many of her blog posts - always fabulous and filled with surprises. Collins has a way of weaving words that is truly unique and those words have swept me away to places that I wish I never had to leave behind. Books made up of connecting or random stories have never been my cup of tea. "I Am Holding Your Hand" has blown my lack of satisfaction with and sense that there w ...more
Ethel Rohan
I Am Holding Your Hand is a heartfelt collection of deaths: deaths of people, dreams, love, and hope. In this gritty collection, Myfanwy Collins gives voice to characters learning to live on despite such deaths. Characters who often act badly, but who are all the more believable and sympathetic because of their mistakes, failings, and struggles. Myfanwy Collins brings such compassion and tenderness to her stories while never sparing the stark truths. One of her characters tells us, The air was s ...more
I adore the way that Collins deftly controls the reader's emotions in the stories in this collection. One moment evokes heartbreaking tenderness and within an instant, stark brutality. The switches are seamless and flow without disruption from one emotion to another, all exactly in line with the story. I read to feel, and this collection definitely can do that job.
Jessica Keener
I can't wait to read these stories.
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This collection won me over from the first story. The stories deal with screaming loneliness, sexual tension, and confused youth. They are easy to read without losing their depth. Looking forward to reading Myfanwy's novel now.
Erin Lyndal
Review to appear at The Rumpus.
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Myfanwy Collins's debut novel is ECHOLOCATION (Engine Books, 2012). I AM HOLDING YOUR HAND, a collection of her short fiction, is available now from [PANK] Books. THE BOOK OF LANEY, a YA novel, is forthcoming from Lacewing Books in 2015.
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