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You. I. Us.

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In You. I. Us., Annalisa Crawford captures everyday people during poignant defining moments in their lives: An artist puts his heart into his latest sketch, an elderly couple endures scrutiny by a fellow diner, an ex-student attempts to make amends with a girl she bullied at school, a teenager holds vigil at his friend’s hospital bedside, long distance lovers promise compl ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published June 10th 2016 by Vine Leaves Press
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Al
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017, kindle
As the description says, each of these short stories focus on “everyday people during poignant defining moments in their lives.” Sounds serious, doesn’t it? And some of them are. But I found my emotions or reaction to the stories were more varied than that. Some got a laugh, maybe a sympathetic laugh or an I’m-glad-that-isn’t-me laugh, but still a laugh. While some stories are better than others, none are bad and your list of the best and worst would be different than mine. These are the kind of ...more
Ann Epstein
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Annalisa Crawford has composed a set of finely tuned first-person vignettes that evoke the darkness and sorrow in big and small events. Economically written, these honest stories are deeper and more expansive than the words on the page.
Elizabeth Seckman
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Annalisa never fails to weave a great story. i love this little book, from the beautiful cover to the clever stories inside it. Every story is its own emotional journey, like the heart-wrenching and oh so tender, This is My Love Story to the angry internal struggle of the H Word...all of these stories are quick, satisfying reads that will stick with you long after the book is finished.
Cathy Ryan
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book of short stories is a little gem. It runs the spectrum of emotions from differing points of view and age ranges, from the most joyful high to the depths of sorrow – emotional, sensitive, moving and tender. The stories convey sentiments we can all relate to and appreciate. There are sketches from all sorts of situations and each gives pause for thought. I enjoyed them all. Here’s just a very small taste, there are lots more.

Motherhood ~ one of the longer stories, which tugs at the heart
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Tyrean
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I savored this tiny book of short stories. As soon as I read the first one, I paused to think about it. I savored the words. I thought about the characters. Then, I read the next one and did the same. Afterwards, I stored it on my "reading slowly on purpose" shelf.

In this book, Annalisa Crawford masterfully uses first and second tense to showcase the depths of her characters in times of joy, trouble, love, broken-heartedness, aging, sorrow, comfort, fear, contentedness, revenge, warmth, friends
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Natasha
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great stories with a lovely cover. The writing style is lovely. Some of the stories even have great twists.
Hannah Symonds
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book for an honest review. After previously reading Annalisa's books I was happy to be asked to review this one. I liked the style of writing and the fact that the book is made up of short stories. The cover I would have to say is very enchanting and I wasn't too sure what I was going to get inside but I loved it. With this book I would definitely recommend savouring the words and it really makes you think about life. I don't normally read short stories but I really en ...more
Susan Swiderski
The ONLY thing I don't particularly like about this book is its title. It doesn't even come close to indicating how truly terrific the stories are inside. I mean, really. The writing is flawless, and the author does an incredible job of tapping into universal feelings that will make you nod your head in agreement, and make your heart ache with the sweet sadness of it all. Simply beautiful.

This book should be called "Vignettes to Caress Your Soul." I highly recommend.
Michelle
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This has to be the BEST cover I've seen this year.
Wonderful stories!
Some of my favourites: The Love of a Good Woman, My House, The Person Walking Toward Me, Redemption and Watching the Storms Roll In.
Medeia Sharif
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Crawford is a gifted storyteller, which anyone can tell from reading this short story collection. She writes in a range of emotions as well as points of view of men, women, the young, and the old. The endings of all of them were fantastic, especially the ones that had an unexpected twist.
Brigita
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Each story is like a nicely wrapped gift. It's difficult to choose a favourite as all the stories are brimming with emotion or surprising twists or both. This collection can offer something to everyone. Worth reading more than once.
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Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Each story is a tiny glimpse into the best or worst or most mundane of moments. But wow do I have chills when I hit the twists.
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**** 3rd Place winner of the Costa Short Story Award 2015 ****

I live in Cornwall UK, with a good supply of beaches and moorland right on my doorstep to keep me inspired.

I write dark contemporary, character-driven stories, dealing with the confusion, deceit, surprise and enjoyment of life; adding paranormal elements when the reader is least expecting it. I write mostly about relationships: romantic
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