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Marvelous. Honest. Generous. From the first story to the last, "By the Wayside" catches your attention and demands that you give into its every whirl. Each character unfolds with a precision that will have you wondering how Parrish managed to create such real-to-the-bones people within a world that captivates you with ease.
Paperback, 246 pages
Published February 8th 2017 by Unsolicited Press
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Mary Latela
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Leigh Parrish Shines in By the Wayside:Stories (Unsolicited Press), February 24, 2017 Reviewed by Mary E. Latela

This review is from: By the Wayside: Stories (Paperback) Anne Leigh Parrish is a truly outstanding author, and her new collection of short stories, By the Wayside, Unsolicited Press, 2017, is her best yet.

With a sensitive, curious touch Anne Leigh Parrish leads the reader into the lives of a set of quirky to sublime characters, some of whom we like, and others,
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Chrissi Sepe
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"By The Wayside" is the latest book by talented and inspiring writer, Anne Leigh Parrish, and I became one of the beta readers for it in anticipation of its release on February 8th. When I was asked to be a beta reader for Parrish, I didn't know what a beta reader was! But I quickly realized that it meant I got the privilege of being one of the very first people to read all the stories in the collection before they were officially published and made available to the general public.

I had already
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Melissa
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
I love short stories.

As a writer, I love the way short stories give you the freedom to experiment with different styles of writing – voice, narrative style, POV, genre. In this way, short stories are like play.

As a reader, I enjoy seeing what individual writers do with various literary forms, but I also appreciate pieces that are short enough to read in one sitting – one cup of tea, one good soak in the bathtub.

The stories in By the Wayside include all the things I appreciate as a reader. Deft u
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Mary Latela
Mary E Latela review of By the Wayside by Anne Leigh Parrish

Outstanding short stories fill this collection by author Anne Leigh Parrish, who has lifted short story writing to a new, elegant level. Her descriptions are rich and real; one of my favorite stories is a most wonderful piece entitled "Artichokes." She traces the path of a marriage falling apart in An Act of Concealment, about a family new to Huron, South Dakota. where the husband is a habitual liar, pretending that they are not the peo
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Shweta
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the few short story collections I have read end to end. There's depth and range. And you'll keep turning the page to find out what happens next.
Maureen
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I totally loved this book. Such a great selection of short stories to read! Anne Leigh Parrish is an excellent writer!
Ally Fell
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an almost perfect collection of short stories. Each one is filled with beautiful detail and populated by amazingly real and diverse characters. It is extremely impressive the amount of character development that Parrish accomplishes in just a few short pages of storytelling.
Furthermore, the stories themselves draw you in. Each is a window into a person’s life. Most share empowering tales of people taking control of their lives. They leave an uplifting impression, particularly after so ea
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Elizabeth
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story collection! Anne Leigh has a lovely writing style reminiscent of classic fairytales, which really brings the characters and scenes alive in readers' minds. I love the descriptions of characters and settings as they allow us glimpses into their mindsets and show us how they have come to be where they are.

Each story focuses on a different protagonist with their own unique backgrounds and challenges, and the author does a great job of showing how relationships with the
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Pam McGaffin
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
By the Wayside (Unsolicited Press, 2017) is Anne Leigh Parrish's third short story collection, and it’s another fine one. With heart and honesty, she pulls you into the lives of women who are trying to move forward and find their true selves in spite of past hurts and those who would dismiss or deny their strengths.
As the title implies, they might start out sidelined by guilt, emotional-scaring and self-doubt, but by the end of the story, either manage to break free (in sometimes dramatic fashi
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Irene Frances Olson
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read Anne Leigh Parrish's collection of stories in advance of publication. I am thoroughly pleased to provide this review of Anne's work.

I am a striving-to-be-published author of fiction. As a novice writer, one of the rules I am told to follow in order to become a better writer is to read, read, read, and then read some more. It seems each time I read Ms. Parrish's works, that writing rule is proven as a must-have in my writing toolbox. While reading A
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Irene Frances Olson
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am thoroughly pleased to provide this review of Anne's work.

I am a striving-to-be-published author of fiction. As a novice writer, one of the rules I am told to follow in order to become a better writer is to read, read, read, and then read some more. It seems each time I read Ms. Parrish's works, that writing rule is proven as a must-have in my writing toolbox. While reading Anne's stories I can't help but exclaim, "Gosh, I wish I could write like that!" She writes so many satisfying nuggets
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Hannah Sandoval
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the privilege of being a beta reader for this book. Anne’s greatest strength is capturing her character’s thoughts and feelings in actions. She never over explains, yet we know all we need to about her characters. And what characters they are! Anne focuses on women, but she doesn’t fall into the clichés. Most of her female leads are not “likable” in the stereotypical sense. A.k.a, they are not boring, one-dimensional American sweethearts who never do anything questionable, never complain, ...more
Diane
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A few years back I read a collection of linked stories, Our Love Could Light The World, by Anne Leigh Parrish. The stories were about a family with five children, set in the Finger Lakes region of New York state. Since I grew up in a family with five children in that region, I had to read it.

I loved the book, and it reminded me of Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning linked story collection, Olive Kitteridge, but I enjoyed Parrish's book even more.

Parrish is back with a more traditional col
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Jada Ryker
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anne Leigh Parrish offers an excellent volume of short stories spanning some twenty years of her prolific career as an acclaimed author.

My personal favorite was The Professor. In The Professor, a woman awaits the outcome of an adoption. As she frets, she sees a man from her childhood, taking her back to a long-ago place and time.

“He gazes at the twilight sky, a view that doesn’t inspire you much because of the neighbor’s ramshackle house and the overgrown bushes around its front walkway. You rea
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Amy
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I found this story collection to be well-written and filled with a multitude of relatable, strong female characters. The characters were similar but each was strong in her own way, and each story offered a unique plot, many of which examined societal constraints women face. Although I liked these characters, I sometimes found myself wanting more development of their experiences. Some of the stories ended a bit abruptly, and some of the underlying concepts felt too similar to other work I’ve read ...more
Unsolicited Press
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hearty. Fresh. A read for any time of the year.
Jessica Bucci
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This eighteen-story collection contains unique short stories featuring strong, realistic, and relatable characters. Anne Leigh Parrish does a beautiful job crafting stories that are each so different from one another that they could stand on their own. The stories vary in length, but Anne’s writing style and tone of voice stay consistent from story to story, creating a nice flow. She utilizes simple sentences that are easy to understand and read, while also supplying enough detail to be able to ...more
Anonymous
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
The first few works in the collection are beautifully written, diverse in style and shows how well the author has perfected her unique voice. The rest of the stories read the same, follow the same vein, and consist of similar protagonists that face life’s difficult questions. I found the repetition to be bothersome; not horrible, not a deal breaker, just something I noticed. Some of them worked with the author’s writing style, some of them left far too many unanswered questions.

The realistic, d
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L.
rated it really liked it
Nov 19, 2017
Susan Peterson
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a fascinating anthology of short stories. I enjoyed every story, and all of the characters! The stories were honest and intriguing. The characters are multi-dimensional and real, an amazing feat in the abbreviated time we get to know them. These stories are fast reads, perfect for times when you don't have a big time commitment to read, but want to get caught up in a story and its characters.
Vicky
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Dec 18, 2017
Angie
May 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-story, fiction
As a fan of short stories I was looking forward to devouring BY THE WAYSIDE but I hate to tell you that is not how it transpired. In this situation, I only read 60% of the stories due to legitimate circumstances. After years of reading short story books, I have constructed a strange pattern in the manner I read them, never from front to back. Therefore, I start with the first story which had me excited, more on that later, then the last, after that I jump around marking each story with a ™Post-i ...more
Kathy Duffy
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
An interesting collection of short stories written by Anne Leigh Parrish. my favorites were "How She was Found" and Trial by Luck". The author is excellent at characterization, draws you into the story with her characters. Short stories I believe are harder to write than novellas because you need draw in your reader and provide the action in a limited space, This collection was well worth reading. Very enjoyable.

The only thing I found annoying was the way the publisher bound the book or printed
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