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The Weight of a Feather and other stories

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“The promise implicit in an anthology is that it aspires to present something different, unexpected” ~ Joyce Carol Oates
(Introduction to The Oxford Book of American Short Stories)

From the classical form of The Weight of a Feather, first published by The Huffington Post (2013), to the suggestive allegory of The Leopard and The Lizard, this collection of short stories by Sou
Paperback, First, 199 pages
Published November 3rd 2013 by Aztar Press
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Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Judy Croome is a fantastic storyteller. She takes the reader on a journey through life and its various nuances. All of Croome’s stories have a message that the reader can take away, the sign of a brilliant short story. If a story makes an impact on you then, you are more likely to repeat it to your friends and thus spread its popularity. The anthology starts of with ‘The Weight of a Feather’, which deals with the sudden milestones of growing up. Learning curves which are not necessarily forgivab ...more
Sarah Jayne
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow is what I say when I talk about The Weight of a Feather. When hearing the words short stories my immediate thought is stories that are quick but do not have enough detail in them to be enjoyable, although since reading this book my whole perception has changed. The stories were deep sometimes intense and they didn't falter. Goldy's Locks was ones of those intense ones, a wife recalling her husband who is now dead and how long they had been married. It wasn't all rosy and one day she couldn't ...more
Vine Leaves Literary Journal
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review by Krystal Sital

One of the best books I’ve read in a long time, The Weight of a Feather and Other Stories is a gripping and haunting collection of short stories. It will send you spinning but never, not once, will you be lost or confused. Croome is a master storyteller, seamlessly transitioning from one story to the next, from one perspective to the next without ever disorienting her readers. With each story comes a breath of fresh air, a new beginning. Both vast and varied, she covers th
Jennifer-Eve Workman
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Short Story Lovers
Recommended to Jennifer-Eve by: Goodreads Giveaways
Shelves: 2013
I won this through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

The Weight of a Feather and other stories, while well written, really didn't hold my interests. I'm not sure if it is because I'm just not really into short stories or if they really weren't that interesting. I've read quite a few glowing reviews for this book so I'm sure the fault lies with me. All the stories seem to be missing something. I realize there is only so much you can put into a short story. It was like drinking a glass of Kool-Aid th
Kimani Fisher
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Weight of a Feather is a series of random short stories, depicting life’s journeys. Each story “ends” cleverly (or doesn’t end at all), leaving more for the imagination to wonder about. Of course, until the next story snatches your attention.

From trials to triumphs and vice versa, these stories are a warm embrace for anyone who has experienced love, loss and life in general. It begins with the title story, that in reality is a story that many older individuals may relate to. A young girl spe
The Grand Shuckett
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
I’m usually not one for short stories, but I figured I would give The Weight of a Feather and Other Stories a shot because, let’s face it, I thought “The Weight of a Feather” sounded pretty cool. I also really liked the cover art, and I hoped the old advice “don’t judge a book by its cover” wouldn’t come back to haunt me.

What I Liked:

Judy Croome definitely has a way with words. Her descriptions were quite vivid and truly created new worlds. I am largely unfamiliar with South Africa, but her stor
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
It has been awhile since I read a collection of short stories. I was a little worried I might not be able to get into it because I generally tend to read very long novels, and I particularly enjoy series of novels (i.e. Stephen King's Dark Tower series, George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series). I needn't have worried. I enjoyed Judy Croome's collection of short stories from beginning to end. Particular favorites include: Born Beneath a Balsamic Moon, Umbrella in the Snow, A Dish Best Eaten C ...more
Lee Harmon
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been a sucker for short stories ever since I discovered Edgar Allen Poe as a young teenager, so when Judy Croome offered to share a collection of her stories, I couldn’t resist. It isn’t really an appropriate choice for my blog, but it was an enjoyable break, definitely worth sharing in a casual review.

Leslie (my blog partner) asked me as I was reading what the book was about. I said it was about life, and that seemed to satisfy her. But the question remained with me: What is your book abou
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: short stories, fiction, womens
Shelves: 5th-giveaway
This book was a collection of 45 short stories all written at different times. I honestly can say a book has never touched me so. Every story spoke to me. There was a little something to be taught or remembered or mulled over in each story. There was not one bad one in the bunch.

I believe all of the stories were heavily written about strong women. And that was amazing. I always loved strong female characters and there was no dearth of them in this book.

All of the stories were all favorites but m
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Adults
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: CM Book Tours
At first, I was a little leery about reading this book because it is out of my genre, but I never turn down a book without giving it a chance. I must say that I am glad that I gave this book a chance, because it is a phenomenal Classical Anthology that I will not forget and will want to re-read over again. This is a remarkable book with many short stories that have either captured my heart and soul, or made me smile. The stories flowed so well and so real that I felt as if I was living in these ...more
T.R. Horne
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing

*received this book as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway winner.

This collection of stories will not disappoint the avid reader, especially one that values scenery, imagery and heartfelt storytelling. I started this book and was drawn in by the South African scenes that made me feel like I was there, in the bush, trying to understand a culture and lifestyle that is very unlike my own. I tried to wrap my mind around the atrocities that happened in the name of culture and feel the pure, unbridled l
Teressa Morris
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
The fun thing about The Weight of a Feather: and Other Stories is that it has a range of literature. There are one stanza poems as well as one or two page stories and some longer ones. There are stories with a happy ending, those with a sad or angry ending, and stories with a Twilight Zone-like twist.

The whole book has an exotic feel, talking about places I have never been (in South Africa) and using phrases I had never heard (in Afrikaans). In some places, the situation was so far removed from
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have not read a short story anthology before so when this book tour came up it was the perfect opportunity to see what exactly a short story anthology was.

In The Weight of a Feather and Other Stories is lots of very short stories, some just a page long some a few pages long. I particularly enjoyed the original story The Weight of a Feather because the story was similar to what my husband experienced as a child with his chicken being dished up for dinner after school. I also liked Umbrella in t
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love a good short story anthology, and this book didn’t let me down. Each story was well written and short enough so that if I needed to stop to do something else, I could without struggling to get to the end, since I don’t like stopping in the middle of a chapter. The only problem with that is that I read a lot in bed before going to sleep, and I kept telling myself “the stories are short, I can read one more” over and over (not that I’m complaining).

There is such a variety of themes to the s
Bish Denham
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love the depth and breadth of Judy Croome’s writing. In, The Weight of a Feather, a collection of short stories, she takes the reader on a wide variety of journeys. One can feel like a voyeur peeking vicariously into a person’s life, or be swept into a nightmare.

In the dark, beautiful and horrifying story, “The Last Sacrifice,” one is pulled into the distant past, while in “The Wheel Turns” one is taken into a possible future. There is African bush magic in, “The Leopard and the Lizard,” and
Stacie Wyatt
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read Weight of a feather in exchange for honest review from Charisma Media. The Weight of a Feather: and Other Stories, written by Judy Croome, is a collection of short stories. The stories range from one page to 10 pages long. I wanted to review the book because I haven't read short stories in a while.

The first story is Weight of a feather, which is about a little girl and her birds, who she considers her friends. I also liked One Lonely Road, which is about a farmer starting a new life in th
Asha Pena
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

The weight of a feather is such a quick read of stories. Their is a total of 45 different stories in the book, so they are an average of 5 pages for each story. I really enjoyed that the stories are so short and a quick read when going any where that I have to wait for a little while. I am able to pick a story and by the time I have to go in, I am already done reading a few of them.

Their was not just one story that enjoyed in the b
Claire Robyns
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An amazing collection of short stories.
How to describe it?

It was as if I was a fly on the author's shoulder, as she traveled from one extreme to the other of the world, stopping here and there to eavesdrop on a conversation, pausing a while longer at times to catch a glimpse into lives from all walks of life and across all of time.

Many of the snatches are heart-wrenching with emotion, but I loved the humor just as much, the kind of humor that isn't meant to be funny, it's just the way, we as peo
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a first reads giveaway.

These are some of the best short stories I have ever read. Some of them are no more than a page and a half, but every one of them pack a wallop! "The Weight of a Feather" brought tears to my eyes and reminded me of the same life I had growing up on a farm. "A Dish Best Served Cold" had me hooting with laughter. The best part of these stories is how Croome has taken men and women from all walks of life, all ages, and from all kinds of locations and made
Kechell Jackson
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a short story anthology that includes 45 stories. Each story is one to a few pages longer. Each story, to me, was very touching. There are a wide range of emotions that the author shares with the readers. I felt that some of the stories had a message behind them; but that could of just been me looking for a deeper meaning and over analyzing. They are well-written and detail. This is definitely a book I will keep close by to re-read again.

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for a
Book Crazy
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you like short stories then you will love The Weight of a Feather and Other Stories, It is jam packed with a total of 45 short stories and each are completely different from each other. There are several stories that really got to me and I find myself thinking about them for time to time.
Most of my reading is done in bed for around half an hour, with this book I could read a lot of these short stories in that time and I could finish the story before sleeping so it didn’t play on my mind about
Tiffany Hathorn
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
If you are someone who enjoys reading short stories this is an interesting book to pick up. It's really easy to just pick up the book, open it up to a random page, and begin reading something new. The variety of themes also means that the story that you read yesterday will not necessarily resemble the one that you read this time. There were stories that were pretty straightforward. then there were others that were more complex. Strange, even. Some were even shocking for me in their content. Howe ...more
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This a book I won. When it arrived I delved right into it and was very pleased with it.

A book of short stories written by a South African author and the stories are all about life and different aspects of it. It has a very comfortable feeling about it and gives the reader a true feeling of simplicity. It is written in the style that many articles in Reminiscence magazine is. Simple, honest and comforting.
Rachel Parrott
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
In each story of 'The Weight of a Feather and other stories' Judy Croome gives a window into the human condition, a moment in a life, or the tears of a heart.

I received my copy throug Goodreads First Reads.
Nov 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from Goodreads giveaway. The writing itself was good and strong. I really liked some of the stories, but most of them were a bit boring.. I also was yawning in between the poems. Definitely not my cup of tea. All in all it's a decent book , but I won't be re-reading it again.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads. Croome's strength lies in her ability to write in different and distinct voices and touch our hearts. The last line of The Gold Miner is reason enough in itself to read the book through.
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful set of stories that has something very few short story collections have - variety. Just like the land the author comes from, the complexity of this collection offers a little something for everyone. Easily my favourite work from this author and I'm looking very forward to the next one.
Amanda Fleming
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: compilation, fiction
I was lucky enough to receive this book through Goodreads First Reads. What I found compelling about this Croome's short stories was the variety of subject, made even more interesting when interlaced with exotic bits of African culture.
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lovely short stories, very well written, captivating, I had a hard time putting the book down once I began reading.
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Judy Croome lives and writes in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shortlisted in the African Writing Flash Fiction 2011 competition, Judy’s short stories, poems and articles have appeared in various magazines, anthologies and newspapers, such as The Sunday Times, The Huffington Post (USA) and the University of the Witwatersrand’s Itch Magazine. In 2016, Judy was the poetry judge for the Writers2000 annu ...more

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