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Squinting Over Water

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Short Stories by Mary Kennedy Eastham There are no perfect people here. The characters in "Squinting over Water" are you and me trying to make sense of things - good and bad - coming up with a Plan B when life gets messy. One early reader said she would walk across continents to get to this book. These whimsical stories transformed her, made her believe once again in the t ...more
Paperback, 146 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Robertson Publishing
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Martha Jette
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Squinting Over Water offers Vignettes on Life

By Mary Kennedy Eastham
© 2012
Robertson Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61170-093-0

Author Mary Kennedy Eastham begins her book with a back-story about losing some of her writing due to a computer glitch. She could not simply forget them and move on. Then one day a woman handed her a fortune cookie saying that if she wished upon a star, she’d receive everything she wanted. The following day, her puppy was playing with a tennis ball that rolled into a closet. Muc
Morgan Wyatt
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Back when I was in college, my professor told me the time of short stories was over. I was never quite sure why. Now is the perfect time for short stories. We rush about multi-tasking with only minutes between errands or before falling asleep. Novels are becoming significantly shorter giving rise to the novella. The short story can convey an emotion or concept in a few pages. It can take you on a trip in minutes as opposed to hours. It doesn't require a great commitment the way a novel does. It ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, fiction
It's books like "Squinting Over Water" that are really continuing to open me up to reading more short stories. In the past, I haven't really liked to read too many short stories because I sometimes have the fear that a short story, which can only cover so much ground, is going to leave me unfulfilled and wanting more. This book most definitely does not fall into that category! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author, Ms. Eastham has a the art of packing a punch in a short amount of time down ...more
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This short story collection has real strengths, with an impressive range of characters and situations. In "After the Dance," we meet a single mother who's aghast when her ex wanders back into her life, establishing himself with his previously unknown teenage daughter now that the work of raising her is mainly done. Where's the justice there? In an equally engaging tale, the narrator of "Soft Spots" tries to come to terms with being pregnant. Turns out she isn't, but whoopsie, her best friend is. ...more
Mary Kincaid
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Hauntingly poetic short stories about people struggling to make sense of their world. They may not always succeed but they do keep plugging along. I enjoyed the descriptive ability of the author to place me there in the scene.
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