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Inspired by personal and family experiences, Twisted Reflections weaves two fiction and six nonfiction dark short stories that take readers to diverse places like the Holy Land, Brussels and Paris.

At once unsettling and fascinating, gentle and cruel, imaginary and real, the stories ultimately connect across time. Through the dichotomies of presence-absence, childhood-adult
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Paperback, 70 pages
Published 2015
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Andrew
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I received this book from the author and, having had many contacts with Natacha here, I was very curious to read it.

This is a collection of short stories, with different subjects and tones, bringing the reader in many countries and in touch with many cultures, following the life of common people. Some are sad and frank, other tell a more deep story, but the author use always detailed descriptions that define the characters involved and the environment they live in, without neglecting references
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Coleen
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
The book is apropriately titled as twisted reflections because that is indeed what they are. With the exception of two chapters, one of them being the last one, I did not have any idea what was happening. The book would be a terrific one for discussion, I think, because everyone could tell what they were thinking was going on in the stories. And probably everyone would think something different. Many great authors write this way, and I admit, I did not understand them either.

I won this book in
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Karen
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have known Natacha for over 10 years and as her friend I’m acquainted with or have witnessed first hand some of the events that take place within this book. Twisted Reflections reads almost like a memoir, exploring themes of love, family, friendship, religion, violence, death and forgiveness. In writing this book, Natacha was remarkably skillful at adapting real life situations into profound narratives, allowing the reader to feel some of the raw emotions that seep through the lines. While rea ...more
KB
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This collection of short stories took me on a profound introspective journey. A journey not only through exotic lands and historic times but a "twisted reflection" of the human journey of personal experience. I was reminded of what it feels like to yearn for past days. Holding to cherished memories in the mind thinking "if only I could get back to that place, that time, that person", when in fact that place is a series of moments, feelings, experiences that will never again intertwine and that n ...more
Lee
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a thought-provoking set of stories. I enjoyed reading through them with fascination. Some stories were scary, some were horrifying, and some were statements worthy of the time and events voiced. It was an interesting look at various places in the world and family dynamics. I tend to like ghost stories, so those that focused accordingly stood out to me. I recommend this book for a good read and for stories that will keep in your thoughts for a time afterwards. Thanks to the author and goo ...more
Khatchadour Khatchadourian
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed reading Natacha's work. The short stories take interesting turns, and relate to one another with subtlety and nuance. The author moves us readers at a good pace, the events of the stories unfold naturally, personally, and with depth, all in the space of a few pages.

I look forward to reading future works by Natacha.
Lamar
Feb 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
For the type of subject matter of this, I found this to be just plain off-putting despite reading this.
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Belgian born and raised, I'm a writer with a Comparative World Literature background who wrote my first poem at 7 years of age. I'm the author of "Nicola's Leg", which tells the story of my Russian grandfather, and the short story collection "Twisted Reflections".
I'm currently at work on my first historical fiction novel set in pre-Islamic Arabia, as well as my second short story collection.

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