3.5 stars. Review originally posted on Feb 21, 2012 (Hands and Home Blog): http://www.handsandhome.ca/2012/02/wh...
I usually tend to shy away from reading short stories as I find there is simply not enough exploration of characters to really make me care about what I am reading. I like to get to know who I am reading about and these details help me to become invested in the story.
What surprised me when I began reading While I’m Still Myself is that the focus was on individual moments, as opposed to character development, and it worked well. It was a unique concept that I enjoyed for the most part even though it was out of my comfort zone. Lane beautifully describes those little moments that can change a person’s life and each of the stories was quite well written. There was also a shock value to each of these stories that kept me moving though this collection quickly.
Being given such a small glimpse into a person’s life can go one of two ways, it could become forgettable (as I found some of the stories to be) or it can be so sensational that it stays with you long after you read the last word on the page (and I can think of two stories that definitely fall into this category). I understood the concept of the importance of a single moment in time but some of these stories would have resonated with me more if I saw more of the characters in those moments. The closest that I came to this was in the first story That Winter, which was by far my favorite story of the book.
While I’m Still Myself is a collection of thought provoking and entertaining stories that I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of short stories. Lane produced a collection of shocking stories that have the power to make you stop and think about what you have just read. Even though it was out of my comfort zone, in a format that I don’t usually read, I still found this book to be an enjoyable read.
I received a review copy of While I'm Still Myself from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.